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Ridge fire burns mobile home, deemed suspicious

A fire of suspicious origin on San Juan Ridge destroyed a handful of vehicles and a patch of wild land Thursday.

The fire started near Refuge Road, south of Tyler-Foote Crossing and Cruzon Grade roads, according to authorities.

“There’s someone involved, and (investigators are) trying to question him,” North San Juan Fire Chief Boyd Johnson said. “But the nature of his involvement, I don’t know.”

Flames destroyed a motor home and other vehicles, and about a half-acre of vegetation, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The blaze was reported at 5:39 p.m. and was attacked quickly by an air tanker and engines from North San Juan and CDF’s North Columbia station. It started at the end of Refuge Road, which Johnson described as “narrow and heavily rutted, so that kept the big engines out.”

Tahoe National Forest also sent an engine, and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office assisted CDF with the investigation.

No arrests had been made by 7:45 p.m., a sheriff’s dispatcher said.

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