2 held for dozens of Yosemite-area arson fires

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COARSEGOLD, Calif. (AP) — California fire officials say they’ve arrested a couple suspected of setting dozens of grass fires, including one that destroyed a home near Yosemite National Park.

State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says 40-year-old Kenneth Alan Jackson and 46-year-old Allison Marie Waterman of Coarsegold were arrested Tuesday night and remained jailed Wednesday in Madera County.

Berlant says they’re suspected of setting at least 30 grass fires in recent months in the area of Yosemite Lakes Park, a community between Yosemite and Fresno.

Most of the fires were quickly doused but Berlant says some grew to 100 acres and had the potential to cause major destruction because of dry conditions. He says the fires burned a home and damaged several outbuildings.

A telephone message left at the Jackson home was not immediately returned.

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