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Second Man Charged With Arson in Eagle Fire

A multi-agency effort led to the arrest of one man Thursday. Another man already being held in the Vista Detention Center also was charged.

A second man has been charged with arson in connection with the 14,100-acre which began on Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, Cal Fire reported Thursday.

One of the suspects was already in the Vista Detention Center and the other was detained on the reservation Thursday and handed over to Cal Fire.

The charges come as the result of a joint law enforcement investigation by Cal Fire, Los Coyotes Tribal Police, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the District Attorneys office, Cal Fire reported.

Jeremy Ortiz, 23, was arrested and booked into Vista Detention Center on the charge of arson. Jesse Durbin, also 23, was already in the same detention center on unrelated charges. He was also charged with arson.

The Eagle Fire began about five miles east of Warner Springs, on the night of July 21 and spread east to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It began on land leased by the Los Coyotes tribe to a private company called ERTC, formerly Eagle Rock Training Center. The company provided the land to military and other government entities for training exercises. A guard shack on that land was destroyed in the fire.

More than 2,000 firefighters from all over California battled the brushfire using helicopters, bulldozers and ground tools. The estimated cost of the fire suppression efforts is $15.4 million.

Charles August 07, 2011 at 04:13 AM
Government encroachment on Indian Lands has always been a problem.
Charles August 07, 2011 at 04:21 AM
I wonder if it was instagated,because XE formally (BlackWater) has a bad history with hired Mercenari protocal,instagation,passive aggresive tendancie's on indigenouse people's of the world.Question: will or did the Tribe give them a lease also,and Will the Tribe get stuck with the 14,000 Acre burn Bill Knowing they have a Casino?Also we would like to get a fallow up on the 2 Tribal members accused and what their statements would be?also XE statements and leased agreemnt made public.
Charles August 07, 2011 at 04:22 AM
I think a LINK reporter should go and see.Amy I hope you read this.
Charles August 07, 2011 at 04:25 AM
We the people need to get the truth of this matter.Because it does not look right also Republicans are instagating indigenouse peoples and creating a bad situation for us all.
Charles August 07, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Hear us out we are at war in other countries because of incrouchment on interest that do not belong to us with subversive protocal.that is why it is in a non diplomatic situation with our World Governments,I do not fear death but dying in truth is respectful so I fear only for our people that walk in the light of Truth.I am Taino!

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