Arson Blamed For Big Auburn Fire

Monday, Oct 19, 2009  |  Updated 2:15 PM PDT
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Arson Blamed For Big Auburn Fire

KCRA

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AUBURN, Calif. -- Arson is being blamed for a big fire in north Auburn that caused about $40 million in damage as as it burned dozens of homes and businesses, officials said Monday.

The wind-fueled fire started shortly after 2 p.m. on Aug. 30, destroying 63 homes, two businesses and many vehicles. About 350 acres were charred just off Highway 49.

No arrests have been made, but Cal Fire is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The blaze originated near Highway 49 and Rock Creek Road. About 20 minutes after the first blaze broke out, another fire was reported about a quarter-mile to the east.

The second fire ultimately joined the first, creating a challenge for firefighters.

Both fires were fed by winds that topped 20 mph.

Anyone with information may call the Cal Fire arson tip line at 1-800-468-4408.

This article originally appeared on KCRA.com.

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