Man arrested, accused of starting fire off SR-67 in Lakeside

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A transient was arrested on suspicion of intentionally starting a fire that burned brush along state Route 67 in Lakeside.

According to Cal Fire San Diego, 21-year-old Daniel Reyes Ortega was charged with “willfully and maliciously setting fire to forest land.”

Ortega is accused of igniting a blaze that burned along the 11000 block of SR-67, near Willow Road, just after 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 27.

The fire burned a half-acre, but firefighters were able to quickly put it out before it spread further. No injuries or property damage were reported.

Ortega is being held on $75,000 bail.

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