POLLOCK PINES, El Dorado County (CBS SF) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of intentionally starting the out-of-control wildfire east of Sacramento that has burned more than 100 square miles and forced close to 3,000 people from their homes.
At a news briefing, authorities identified the arson suspect as 37-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman.
A criminal complaint filed by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office alleges Huntsman “willfully and maliciously set fire to and burn, and caused to be burned forest land.”
“The Superior Court judge, here in El Dorado County, signed an arrest warrant for this person and set bail for $10 million. Later yesterday, he was taken into custody an booked into the El Dorado County jail, This morning we filed a criminal complaint,” El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson said the news briefing on Thursday.