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Young Los Coyotes man charged for starting fire on reservation

A young member of the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians of California, has been charged with arson for starting a fire that burned more than 14,000 acres on the reservation.

Jeremy Ortiz, 23, was charged with aggravated arson and forest land arson. He's being held on $2 million bail.

Also charged with arson was Jesse Durbin, 23, who's being held on $2 million bail as well. Both are accused of starting the fire near the Eagle Rock Training Center, which the tribe leases to a private company for military and other uses.

No one was injured and only one structure burned but the fire caused more than $15 million to put out, authorities said. At one point, more than 2,100 firefighters were on the job.

Get the Story:
LOS COYOTES RESERVATION: Two suspects arrested in Eagle fire (The North County Times 8/5)
Two suspects arrested in Eagle fire arson (The San Diego Union-Tribune 8/4)
Second Man Charged With Arson in Eagle Fire (The Lemon Grove Patch 8/4)

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