ARRAIGNMENT POSTPONED FOR ACCUSED ARSONIST IN CUYAMACA FIRE

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By Paul Kruz

July 18, 2013 (El Cajon)--The arraignment of a man arrested by San Diego Sheriffs deputies on suspicion of arson and other associated crimes Sunday night has been continued until July 24 in Department 2 of El Cajon Superior Court.  Dane Coburn is accused of intentionally setting a fire that charred five acres of brush on State Route 79 near the Los Vaqueros Horse Camp in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park last week.

Coburn, represented by legal counsel, is also accused of threatening to kill one of the firefighters who first responded to the blaze. He then allegedly provoked a fight with several deputies before being subdued.  His attorney requested the continuance on the grounds that Coburn needed access to a mental health professional for an evaluation prior his arraignment.  Coburn is being held in San Diego County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.

The defendant has been charged with arson of forest lands, assault on an officer, making terrorist threats, resisting arrest, and of being under the influence of drugs.

In published reports, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jim Garrett said while the horse camp was occupied at the time of the fire, no injuries were reported. The fire was brought under control within an hour and did not damage any property. 

The request for continuance was granted Wednesday by El Cajon Superior Court judge Charles W. Ervin.