STUDIO CITY ( — The deaths of two key witnesses have forced federal prosecutors to drop charges against a man suspected of starting a massive wildfire in Yosemite.

The Rim Fire burned more than 250,000 acres and nearly a dozen homes before it was contained in late October, 2013, more than two months after it was sparked.

A 33-year-old hunter is accused of starting an illegal campfire that got out of control.

Prosecutors say without the witnesses who have died they can no longer prove their case.


Federal Charges Expected For Rim Fire Suspect