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Kyle Jeptha Bridgman arrested for five counts of arson

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CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) investigators arrested Kyle Jeptha Bridgman, 33, of Lincoln on five counts of arson Wednesday.

Bridgman was booked into the Placer County Jail.

Bridgman confessed to deliberately setting five fires in the Lincoln area of Placer County between June 19 and Aug. 3, 2017, according to a CAL FIRE press release Wednesday.

 A team of CAL FIRE investigators identified Bridgman following the fires in 2017 and again this year. While investigating Bridgman, the team identified another arsonist in August, culminating in the arrest of Gregory Scott Courtney, 30, of Yuba City.

In both cases, CAL FIRE was assisted by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Placer County District Attorney’s Office and the Placer County Probation Department in the investigation of Bridgman.

“I am so very thankful for the efforts of our investigators and assisting agencies,” said CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit Chief George Morris III. “The community is safer today because of their extraordinary efforts.”

Bridgman’s bail is set at $160,000.