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.

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“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.

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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.

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Thornton was booked into the Placer County Jail on $235,000 bail.