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Authorities arrest alleged parkway arsonist

Brian Larue
Brian Larue Sacramento Police Department

A man suspected of starting several of this summer’s fires on the American River Parkway has been arrested, the Sacramento Fire Department said in a news release Friday.

Brian Larue, 31, was arrested by fire investigators working with Sacramento police officers and Sacramento County park rangers, it said. He’s suspected of setting several fires that burned on the morning of Aug. 27 south of the American River and a quarter-mile west of the Howe Avenue bridge.

The fires burned a total of about 1 acre of grass and brush as well as a homeless encampment, the news release said. Larue was charged with arson of a forestland. He has an extensive criminal record and is ineligible for bail, according to court and jail records.

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