A vegetation fire sparked Saturday morning when a man allegedly started an illegal fire near Pine Flat has burned 106 acres, Cal Fire spokesman Capt. Ryan Michaels said.
The fire started about 6:30 a.m. and presented challenges for firefighters who responded from multiple cities and districts, Michaels said. The main fire location was 20 miles off the road and in steep terrain.
The fire moved quickly because of dry conditions and embers flying from the main fire sparked smaller blazes, Michaels said. Firefighters had to be careful not to get trapped.
Tankers, helicopters and bulldozers worked to protect nearby homes and slow the fire for ground teams.
The fire was 50% contained as of 6:30 p.m. and Michaels said full containment was expected Sunday.
The man suspected of starting the fire was arrested by Cal Fire personnel. Michaels said no other information was available about the suspect.
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