ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — A Lincoln man is facing arson charges for starting three recent fires in Placer County, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday.
Ryan Lapp, 37, was arrested at 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 3 by CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers on suspicion of arson and possession of an incendiary device, according to CAL FIRE.
Lapp is suspected to have started forest fires off of Baxter Grade Road in Auburn, near McCourtney Road in Lincoln and on Greenbrae Road in Rocklin, according to the complaint.
“Although these fires spanned multiple counties, CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers worked diligently to determine the cause of the fires and to identify Lapp as the suspect responsible for igniting multiple fires,” CAL FIRE wrote in a news release.
The DA’s office said that a CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers investigation found Lapp to be the main suspect in these fires.
Lapp gave a not guilty plea on Wednesday at the Placer County Superior Court and is scheduled for and early settlement conference on Sept. 13, according to the DA’s office.
Lapp is currently being held in the South Placer County Jail without bail.
On Thursday, CAL FIRE released an updated count of arson arrests during this year. So far in 2022, there have been 121, already surpassing the total of 120 arrests during all of 2020.