An Oakland City man accused of starting a fire that burned thousands of acres in California was formally charged Monday. Apparently Gary Hunt was working as a subcontractor on Catalina Island, using a torch to cut cables on a radio tower when a fire started and spread out of control. Hunts plea to two felony charges: not guilty. He paid a $6500 bail and is due back in court in Los Angeles on March 20th for a preliminary hearing study. He faces up to 8 years behind bars. Officials say the fire caused more than $5 million worth of damage. Click on the "Watch" icon to see our original story that aired on January 23.