Gregory Scott Courtney, 30, of Yuba City was arrested Monday for multiple counts of arson by CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) fire investigators.
Courtney is accused of deliberately setting multiple fires in the Lincoln area of Placer County between Aug. 6 and Aug. 20. He lit two to four small fires at a time, according to CAL FIRE information officer Mary Eldridge.
A team of CAL FIRE investigators assisted by Placer County Probation Department, Placer County Sheriff Office, Placer County District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified Courtney after a spree of fires on Aug. 7, according to Eldridge.
“We are fortunate to have been able to arrest this individual before another fire damaged more property or injured or killed someone,” said CAL FIRE Unit Chief George Morris III. “This destructive and reckless behavior could have led to a truly tragic outcome.”
“Arson is an unconscionable act, it endangers the lives of the public and first responders, and robs communities of lives and livelihoods,” Morris, “I am very proud of the tireless efforts of our CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers and our law enforcement partners to bring this dangerous individual to justice.”
Courtney was arrested and booked into Placer County Jail. Bail is set at $2.4 million.