More than half-a-dozen fires throughout San Diego County in the last week has brought more than just the attention of residents and firefighters. It has also led to a number of investigations, along with several arrests.
As of Sunday, some 25,000 acres had reportedly burned, some $20 million was tallied in losses, though the majority of residents are now allowed to return to their residences.
Helping firefighters along the way was the arrival of cooler temperatures and less winds over the weekend. Officials reported that firefighting crews had in essence fully contained a number of blazes, including the Poinsettia, Highway, Freeway and River fires.
Several arrests made
As part of their investigations into the fires, authorities announced that three fire-related arrests were made in the last 96 hours, with one individual being charged with arson in connection with a fire in Oceanside.
Alberto Serrato was seen adding brush to a fire in the San Luis River bed, according to San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. A pair of teenagers were also arrested on arson-related charges, according to Escondido police.evening.
Isaiah Silva, 19, and an unnamed 17-year-old, both from Escondido, were taken into custody. The pair was apprehended after a witness reported seeing two young men start a small brush fire and attempt to start another, according to police
As a resident of San Diego County, are you worried about the 2014 fire season?