PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) – A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson for a fire that happened near Foresthill Bridge on Tuesday.
Robert Thornton, 52, a transient living the Auburn area was arrested on one count of arson. Just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to a fire near the Foresthill Bridge off Lincoln Way in Auburn. They were able to limit the fire to just a quarter of an acre, according to a statement from Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit.READ MORE: 'You Take Your Chances': Several Cars Stripped Of Catalytic Converters At Sacramento Airport Economy Lot
“Our aggressive initial attack and law enforcement investigation led to a quick arson arrest before more destructive consequences could have taken place,” said Cal Fire Unit Chief Brian Estes.READ MORE: Saturday's Show Info (1/22/22)
Cal Fire reports that since the beginning of 2020, there have been over 8,100 wildfires that have burned more than 3.9 million acres in California.MORE NEWS: New Bill Allows For Hunting Of Destructive Wild Pigs In California Without A Permit
Thornton was booked into the Placer County Jail on $235,000 bail.