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Plumas County resident accused of setting fire that threatened Gold Rush town

Plumas County resident accused of setting fire that threatened Gold Rush town

Authorities in Plumas County have arrested a 36-year-old Quincy resident on suspicion of starting several fires in the surrounding forest, including one blaze that threatened homes, officials said.

Jeffery Cameron Schmidt was taken into custody Sunday on suspicion of setting the Minerva fire on July 29 about three miles southwest of Quincy, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Minerva fire burned for more than two weeks and chewed through 4,310 acres of the Plumas National Forest, authorities said. The flames spread dangerously close to Schmidt’s own town of Quincy in the fire’s first days.

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