Cal Fire: Smoker Suspected Of Starting Wildfire Near Newcastle

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AUBURN (CBS13) — A idiosyncratic who was smoking has been arrested connected suspicion of starting a occurrence successful Newcastle that crews had to unreserved successful and halt earlier it could get immoderate bigger.

Cal Fire says the occurrence happened backmost connected Tuesday adjacent the walking way down a vacant spot on the 1900 artifact of Auburn Folsom Road.

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Firefighters from respective antithetic departments responded to combat the flames.

The occurrence was soon contained astatine astir 1/4 an acre. No harm to immoderate adjacent structures was recovered and nary injuries were reported.

Newcastle nonmigratory arrested connected arson charge.

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Investigators were capable to interrogation respective radical who were recovered adjacent the country of the occurrence that day. After talking with investigators, Cal Fire says 34-year-old Newcastle nonmigratory Levi Smith admitted to starting the occurrence portion helium was smoking successful immoderate adust grass.

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Smith is present facing a felony number of recklessly causing a fire. He’s being held connected $330,000 bail.

CBS13 Staff

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