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Arson determined to be the cause of Bridge Fire, Cal Fire says

The fire burned over 400 acres in early September. No word on arrests or suspects.
Credit: ABC10
Bridge fire: Monday, Sept. 6, 2021

AUBURN, Calif. — Cal Fire investigators have determined the Bridge Fire to be arson. The news comes over two weeks after the fire was sparked in the Auburn State Recreation Area.

Fire officials didn't release much in an update posted to Facebook Tuesday morning. The only other information being that the fire burned a total of 411 acres and that Cal Fire Law Enforcement will be continuing its investigation into the cause.

According to the Foresthill Fire Protection District, the blaze started around 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, beneath the Foresthill Bridge and burned up to the bridge south of Foresthill Road.

The Foresthill Fire Protection District wrote in a Sept. 7 update that, "contrary to information on social media, there are no identified suspects and there have been no arrests."

The fire was fully contained on Sept. 14, 2021. One firefighter was injured.  

Bridge Fire investigation update

Posted by CAL FIRE NEU on Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Fire officials are asking if anyone has information about the fire to call the Cal Fire Arson Hotline at 1-800-468-4408.

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