Man Accused of Setting American River Canyon Brush Fire

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Placer County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Wednesday after he allegedly started a brush fire near the American River canyon.

A woman reported seeing the fire shortly after 11 a.m., and also saw a man jumping fences.

A Sheriff’s lieutenant who responded yelled at the man to stop, but he kept going.

A crew from the Sheriff’s Office was training with a helicopter nearby. One sergeant from the group confronted the man and got into a fight with him.

Finally, the man was Tasered and taken into custody.

Luke Carter, 24, was booked into jail for arson and battery on a peace officer after he was cleared by a doctor.

The fire Carter allegedly set only burned for half an acre.

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