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Officials: Man Suspected Of Starting Browning Fire In Custody

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UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. - Photo of Petrashishen added.


(AP) - Authorities say they suspect a man of starting a grassland fire near Sacramento that forced people from their homes and destroyed power lines.0728-browning-fire-suspect-ff

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District says the fire Monday afternoon charred 430 acres in the community of Elverta. The blaze moved quickly burning through grassland because of strong winds.

The fire started in Placer County and spread into Sacramento County. Officials say one home, six cars and one tractor was destroyed. The blaze also threatened up to 30 homes.

Authorities identified the suspect as David Petrashishen, 25. He has been booked and was placed in Placer County Jail. He awaits charges on multiple counts of arson.

Capital Public Radio Staff and The Associated Press contributed to this report.