Update: Juvenile smoking near the brush, arrested in connection to Auburn fire | TheUnion.com

Update: Juvenile smoking near the brush, arrested in connection to Auburn fire

Firefighters had stopped forward progress of a potential 12-acre blaze in the American Canyon near Auburn Thursday afternoon.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, a juvenile has been arrested by Cal Fire law enforcement for starting the fire.

“The boy told officers that he was smoking marijuana when the near by brush caught fire,” the Placer County sheriff Facebook page states. “He then called and reported the fire. He was taken into custody by Cal Fire at the scene and booked at the Placer County Juvenile Hall.”

The blaze, called the Stagecoach Fire, was first reported just before 1 p.m. and prompted road closures in the area and power outages for more than 3,000 PG&E customers, according to Cal Fire Public Information Official Mary Eldridge.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, containment of the fire had not been established, though Eldridge said hand crews were coming in to cut a line around the fire, followed by mop-up crews for full containment.

Mandatory evacuations issued by the Placer County Sheriff’s office were ordered for residents in Oak Haven and Flood roads in canyon Woodland Place. Lamborn Lane, Temple Drive, Tierra Way, Mountain Ave and Sierra Way were also listed as areas for evacuation.

Additional evacuations were given for Flood Lane, Kilham Road, Oakhill Way, Sierra Mesa Court, Sierra Mesa Place, Lincoln Way and Russell Road.

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