SAN FRANCISCO — A 29-year-old man has pleaded guilty to starting an August wildfire that destroyed homes and burned more than 45 square miles in California’s Sequoia National Forest.

The Los Angeles Times reports ( that a federal judge sentenced Angel Gilberto Garcia-Avalos to 13 months in prison and ordered him to pay $61 million in restitution for the Aug. 16 fire.

The fire destroyed six homes and caused evacuations in Kern and Tulare counties.

He was driving off-road illegally when his car got stuck on a berm and his catalytic converter and muffler ignited dead grass.

The judge said he made no effort to get help after the blaze erupted.

Later, Garcia-Avalos, a Mexican national, reported to his probation office and was detained for deportation proceedings. He had previous convictions for burglary and car theft.

Information from: Los Angeles Times,