2017-10-12 / Local News

Transient arrested for starting recent wildfire

A transient was arrested last week after being accused of starting a fire.

The fire ended up burning 25 to 30 acres near Ramblin Road in Mariposa County.

Antonio Luis Macias, 28, was arrested by CAL FIRE officials following the incident.

The fire was reported at around 11:45 a.m. on Oct. 3 in the 3600 block of Ramblin Road. Officials from CAL FIRE, including helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft, responded to the blaze, where forward progress was stopped at around 1 p.m. No structures were lost in the fire, however, crews did remain on the scene throughout the day and into the next day to make sure it did not spread.

Macias was charged with throwing burning material, burning the land of another, burning without a permit and allowing a fire to escape. He was also arrested for theft of personal property on a warrant from Orange County.

According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office report, Macias was turned over to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 5. He has a local court appearance scheduled for Nov. 13 at 8:30 a.m.

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