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The crime of arson is committed when someone recklessly or intentionally causes a structure (building, tent, bridge, tunnel, powerplant), forest land or other real or personal property (car, boat, aircraft) to catch fire. The crime of arson is set forth in California Penal Code §§ 450-457.1. Arson can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime and may be punishable for various terms up to life in prison.

Penal Code § 451 states, in part that:

A person is guilty of arson when he or she willfully and maliciously sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned or who aids, counsels, or procures the burning of, any structure, forest land, or property.

Penal Code § 452 states, in part that:

A person is guilty of unlawfully causing a fire when he recklessly sets fire to or burns or causes to be burned, any structure, forest land or property.

To view the list of crimes by code section (Statute), please click here.

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