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Witnesses Catch Suspected Arsonist Lighting Hillside Fire In L.A.

(AP) – Two more people have been booked for investigation of arson in Southern California.

Authorities say an adult and a juvenile were arrested after they started a small brush fire Tuesday night in the San Diego suburb of Vista.

The fire burned about 200 square feet before firefighters put it out.

The adult was identified as Gorgonio Nava. The other was not identified because he is a juvenile.

At least four people have been arrested for investigation of arson since the wildfires broke out over the weekend. None of the suspects has been connected to any of the major blazes.

Meanwhile, police in Los Angelesarrested a man after witnesses say they saw him lighting a fire on a hillside.

Authorities say 41-year-old Catalino Pineda was seen starting a fire in the San Fernando Valley Wednesday and then walking away.

Witnesses alerted authorities and followed the man to a nearby restaurant where police arrested him.

Pineda was booked for investigation of arson. Authorities say the Guatemala native is currently on probation for making excessive false emergency reports to law enforcement.

Police and fire officials could not immediately say whether he might be connected to any of the wildfires in Southern California.

At least four people have been arrested for investigation of arson since the wildfires broke out over the weekend. None of the suspects has been connected to any of the major blazes.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

KESQ News Team

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