MOORPARK (CBSLA) – Public assistance is needed Wednesday to track down an apparent arsonist who believes has set several small fires throughout Moorpark in the past two months.
The apparent fires are particularly worrying with strong winds expected again this week, and a Red Flag warning is already in place for large parts of Ventura County.
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“The upcoming wind event adds an extra element of danger to this illegal activity,” Ventura County Brands spokesman Captain Robert Welsbie said in an email.
The fires started in September when a cluster of trees in the arroyo off Spring Road, south of Los Angeles Avenue, were set on fire. In October, a tree was set on fire at Mission Bell Plaza on Los Angeles Avenue.
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But fire activity rose this week, with fires in a restroom and a trash can at Waterstone Apartments on Moorpark Avenue and a trash can in Magnolia Park on Charles Street.
Ventura County Sheriff’s officials say they have not definitively determined whether the fires are related, but at least some are believed to be related “based on the manner and method of the arson.”
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Investigators are asking for help identifying a suspect in these fires. Anyone with information can call Detective Kevin Lynch at (805) 532-2716.