A 20-year-old Ukiah man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of intentionally setting a fire that burned homes and evacuated hundreds of residents from Calpella Sunday, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reported.

“I am happy to announce that he has been placed under arrest and booked into Mendocino County Jail,” said MCSO Capt. Greg Van Patten Tuesday, explaining that investigators from multiple agencies, including MCSO, Cal Fire and the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority had obtained surveillance footage from a nearby business that showed an adult man starting the fire Sunday afternoon on Hopkins Street near the Moore Street Bridge.

Around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Van Patten said one of the fire investigators saw the suspect in downtown Calpella and identified him as Devin L. Johnson, 20, of Ukiah, who was on “active, felony probation for an attempted robbery charge.”

Van Patten said Johnson is being held under a no-bail status and charged with violating his probation and “three separate charges of arson: aggravated arson (multiple structures), arson of an inhabited structure, and arson during a state of emergency.”

Local photographer Peter Armstrong, who was on the Moore Street Bridge taking pictures shortly after the Hopkins Fire began, likely captured Johnson standing on the bridge, watching the fire.

Photo by Peter Armstrong 

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