CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit / Placer County Fire Department investigates fires to determine their origins and causes. The investigation includes an assessment to reduce future fire risk, a valuation of monetary loss, reporting fire-related injuries or deaths and carrying out the criminal arrest of persons responsible for arson or fraud. All investigators assigned to the unit are peace officers pursuant to 830.37 Penal Code and possess the powers of arrest.
During the week leading into July 4, the unit partners with The Office of the State Fire Marshal and local law enforcement agencies to conduct targeted illegal firework interdiction operations at ports of entry into the state of California. During these operations, up to 140,000 pounds of illegal fireworks, with a street value of $23.4 million, have been seized annually.
Anyone with information surrounding arson-related incidents is urged to contact the CAL FIRE Arson Hotline at 1-800-468-4408. Callers can remain anonymous.