5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 22: Jeffery Cameron Schmid appeared in Plumas County Superior Court this afternoon, where District Attorney David Hollister filed a five-count complaint against him stemming from a series of fires on the Plumas National Forest this summer. Schmid was charged with one count of felony aggravated arson for the Minerva Fire and four counts of felony arson related to the Toll, Squirrel, Rhinehart Meadows and 89’er fires. Judge Ira Kaufman appointed Craig Osborne, an attorney from Truckee, to represent Schmid. The case was continued to this Friday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. to allow Osborne time to consult with his client. Schmid remains in custody at the Plumas County jail on $1 million bail set by Kaufman. Though these initial charges have been filed, Hollister said that the investigation is ongoing. In a press release regarding the arraignment, Hollister noted his appreciation for the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, particularly its investigations unit, as well as Forest Service investigators for their work in this case.
9 a.m. update: Jeffery Cameron Schmid has been charged with aggravated arson and his bail has been set at $1 million according to District Attorney David Hollister.
8:45 a.m., Monday, Aug. 21: According to Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister, the suspect, Jeffery Cameron Schmid, remains in custody at the Plumas County jail. The bail amount will be made public later this morning, and tomorrow charges are expected to be filed.
10:40 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20: Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood announced late tonight that Jeffery Cameron Schmid, 36, of Quincy, has been arrested in connection with the Minerva Fire and other area fires. He is being booked into the Plumas County jail.
Hagwood complimented his staff at the County Sheriff’s Office, and that of the District Attorney’s Office, as well as the U.S. Forest Service for their work in securing this arrest.