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Suspect in custody after grass fires set along Highway 50

Charles Owen Andersen
Charles Owen Andersen Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson for allegedly setting grass fires along Highway 50.

Charles Owen Andersen, 36, listed as a transient, authorities said, was booked Tuesday night into Sacramento County Jail.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District officials suspect that Andersen set grass fires along westbound Highway 50, west of Hazel Avenue. The fires were started in three locations early Tuesday evening. Fire officials said homes were threatened but none were damaged.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy