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El Dorado Hills men accused of causing 1,268-acre Latrobe Fire

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Two El Dorado Hills men are accused of recklessly causing a fire that burned 1,268 acres of near Rancho Murieta last week.

Law enforcement officers with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, in conjunction with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, arrested Jacob Place and Maxwell Goldsworthy, both 18, on Thursday, according to a Cal Fire news release.

Brice Bennett, a Cal Fire spokesman, said the two allegedly sparked the fire while burning “illegal materials.” Bennett declined to identify the materials or other circumstances of the fire.

The Latrobe Fire started about 2:45 p.m. July 26 off Latrobe and Scott roads. It took crews several days to extinguish the fire, which burned oak woodland.

Place and Goldsworthy were booked into Sacramento County jail.

Cal Fire warns that the fire danger remains high throughout California and urges people to be alert to suspicious activity when a fire starts. Anyone who observes suspicions activity is advised to follow several steps:

  • Do not approach those engaging in suspicious behavior.
  • If safe to do so, note the description of the individual, including gender, height, weight, clothing, hair color and any distinguishing characteristics such as tattoos, as well as the location where the person was observed.
  • If a vehicle is involved, note the make and model, color, license plate number, bumper stickers or other markings, number of occupants and their descriptions, and the location and direction of travel.
  • Note the time the suspicious individual and vehicle were observed. This can be one of the most important pieces of information for investigators, according to Cal Fire.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy