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Transient arrested for allegedly starting illegal campfire near Woodside

A 20-year-old transient was arrested Friday morning near Woodside for allegedly starting an illegal campfire that spread to nearby grass, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Copter 902 out of Cal Fire CZU unit made water drops on a fire in the Woodside area on Friday morning. Courtesy Cal Fire CZU Facebook account.

Deputies responded at 11:39 a.m. to a grass fire in the 1100 block of Kings Mountain Road, while firefighters also responding noticed someone leaving the area on a bicycle.

Deputies found a man and learned that he had started a campfire earlier in the day and tried to extinguish it, but it ended up starting the grass fire, sheriff's officials said.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze without incident or injury, and the man was booked into county jail on suspicion of starting an illegal campfire.

Editor's note: The Almanac's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. See our guidelines here.

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Transient arrested for allegedly starting illegal campfire near Woodside

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Uploaded: Sat, May 15, 2021, 9:30 am

A 20-year-old transient was arrested Friday morning near Woodside for allegedly starting an illegal campfire that spread to nearby grass, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded at 11:39 a.m. to a grass fire in the 1100 block of Kings Mountain Road, while firefighters also responding noticed someone leaving the area on a bicycle.

Deputies found a man and learned that he had started a campfire earlier in the day and tried to extinguish it, but it ended up starting the grass fire, sheriff's officials said.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze without incident or injury, and the man was booked into county jail on suspicion of starting an illegal campfire.

Editor's note: The Almanac's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. See our guidelines here.

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vicki coe
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Woodside: other
on May 17, 2021 at 12:14 pm
vicki coe, Woodside: other
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on May 17, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Just a point of information. We were awakened to the smell of smoke at 6:30.Smoke had been reported on NDW as early as 5:45. Engines and helicopters were on scene way before 11:39 AM and did their usual excellent job protecting us.


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