On Tuesday, the East Bay Regional Park District announced the arrest of Jesus Israel Reyes-Ambriz, 38, who allegedly started a vegetation fire on the shoulder of the entrance road into Black Diamond Mines Regional Park.
According to the East Bay Regional Park District Police, the fire was witnessed by an East Bay Regional Park District Ranger, who is also an on call fire fighter with EBRPD Fire, whose quick thinking and actions helped to prevent the spread of a potentially large and dangerous fire. The Ranger witnessed a suspect squirting lighter fluid onto a burning brush fire. The Ranger, with the assistance of Contra Costa County Fire Department, was able to quickly extinguish the fire.
The fire burned an area approximately 30×50 feet in diameter along with a 20 foot section of wooden fencing. No structures were threatened during the fire.
Reyes-Ambriz was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for one count of 451PC – Arson. He is being held on $75,000 bail.
Members of the public should be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to their local police jurisdiction. If you have any information related to this incident, please call the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department Tip Line: (510) 690-6549