Man charged with setting devastating Potter Co. fire

Amarillo, Texas - Potter County authorities arrested the man they believe started the February 2011 wildfire that destroyed nearly 40 homes and burned thousands of acres.

53-year-old Austin Stephens is behind bars on two counts of deadly conduct and one count of criminal mischief.

He was reportedly using a grinder to cut metal in an open field, which sparked the blaze.

If convicted, he could spend one year behind bars and have to pay a $4,000 fine.