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Friday, July 20, 2012

CAL FIRE News: Arrest Made in Connection With Robbers Fire

 Bail for Arson Suspect Bryon Mason
Auburn - Today, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Law Enforcement Officers, with assistance from the Placer County Sheriff's Office, arrested a suspect for allegedly starting the 2650 acre Robbers fire burning near the community of Foresthill in Placer County.

Information provided by the public shortly after the Robbers fire started last week led to today's arrest of a 28-year-old Sacramento man

Mason was arrested without incident inside a Folsom Costco while on the job, authorities said.
Bryon Mason, age 28 of Sacramento was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Placer County Jail.

Bail for Arson Suspect Bryon Mason, is set at $100,000, Mason is charged with Penal Code Section 452, defined as; A person 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. 

The fire, which started on July 11 near Foresthill, destroyed one home and four outbuildings, and injured 12 people. 

CAL FIRE is asking for the public's help and would like to speak to potential witnesses or anyone who may have additional information about the fire. Investigators can be reached by
calling CAL FIRE’s arson hot line at 800-468-4408 and callers can remain anonymous.

“This is the third arrest our officers have made in less than a month,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “We don’t need reckless acts of carelessness and arson compounding

California’s wildfire risk and we will continue to aggressively pursue those that engage in these types of acts.”

Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said investigators determined that the fire was started by a pyrotechnic device.

To date, Berlant said, the cost of fighting the fire is estimated to be more than $13 million. At the peak of the battle, approximately 2,000 personnel were involved in the firefighting effort.

Read more here:
 California Fire News 2012 

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