Two North County Men Sent to Prison for 'Eagle Fire'

The Eagle Fire needed more than 2,000 personnel and cost about $15.4 million to contain

By Paul Krueger and Michael Gehlken
|  Thursday, May 24, 2012  |  Updated 9:35 AM PDT
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Eagle Fire Arson Suspects Held on $2 Million Bail

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Jeremy Ortiz, left, and Jesse Durbin were arraigned in Vista Superior Court on charges of starting a brush fire that burned about 14,000 acres on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation.

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Eagle Fire Arson Suspects Held on $2 Million Bail

Prosecutors say two 23-year-old men Jeremy Ortiz and Jesse James Durbin are to blame for the fire that caused $15 million in damage and spread over 14,000 acres.
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A man who helped start a fire that burned more than 14,000 acres of remote desert in northeastern San Diego County was sentenced to six years in prison. 

Jesse Durbin was sentenced Wednesday in a San Diego County court after pleading guilty to arson for his role in starting the “Eagle Fire.

Co-defendant Jeremy Ortiz pleaded guilty to the same charge and was also given a six-year prison term earlier this month.

Durbin and Ortiz, both 24, were responsible for starting a fire in a guard shack at the Eagle Rock Training Center on Los Coyotes Indian Reservation on July 21.

The fire spread to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It took more than 2,000 personnel until July 30 to fully contain and cost about $15.4 million.

Ortiz and Durbin both lived on the reservation.

No homes were destroyed in the blaze. 

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