JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli tourist in Chile was arrested and charged with starting a forest fire that has swept through a popular national park.
Rotem Singer, 23, of Nes Tziona was arrested Saturday and charged with starting the fire at the Torres del Paine national park. Singer was released on bail but was ordered to remain in the region for the next three months as the case is investigated.
Some 27,000 acres of the park have burned in the last six days. More than 560 firefighters and military personnel from Chile and Argentina have been working to bring the fire under control, but the blaze has continued to rage.