Man Arrested, Charged with Starting Placer County Fire

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California authorities have arrested a Sacramento man on suspicion of starting a wildfire that destroyed a home, injured 12 people and prompted evacuations in Placer County.

Fire officials say 28-year old Byron Mason was arrested early Friday and booked into the Placer County jail on suspicion of negligently starting a wildfire.

CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant says authorities believe Mason started the fire by using a pyrotechnic device along a rural road leading to a river canyon.

Berlant says the so-called Robbers Fire near Foresthill is nearing full containment after scorching more than four square miles over the last week.

All of the evacuations have been lifted as firefighters have made major gains on the fire.

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