Cal Fire is reporting that on Thursday, March 8, 2018, Stephen Patrick Medlock, 53, was arrested in San Bernardino County on a warrant obtained by Cal Fire investigators in connection with an investigation into the cause of the 2013 Silver Fire. Medlock, a transient, was arrested on the outstanding warrant by the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department.
Medlock is in custody at Smith Correctional Facility in Banning awaiting trail and is charged with arson to wildland and arson to property. Bail is currently set at $100,000.00.
Medlock is suspected of setting the August 2013 Silver Fire that burned more than 20,000 acres and destroyed about 60 structures near Poppet Flats.
A settlement conference is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, in Banning.