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Suspected arsonist arrested for Otay Mesa West brush fires

Posted at 11:27 AM, Sep 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-15 20:53:08-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV and CNS) -- A suspected arsonist was arrested for allegedly starting a series of brush fires in Otay Mesa West, Sunday afternoon.

MAST (Metro Arson Strike Team) investigators booked 49 year-old Ramon Guevara for arson.

According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, the blaze broke out just after 10:30 near 4th Avenue and Private Road. The fires were ignited in the valley at Otay Valley Regional Park.

Crews say at least 10 spot fires started along the road and, as of 12:30 p.m., and had burned three acres. Sunday marked the third day in a row small brush fires popped up in the area.

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Crews blocked off Beyer Way as they battled the flames until 4:00 pm. Units from the Chula Vista and San Diego fire departments and two firefighting helicopters joined to battle the flames. Bulldozers also were being brought in.

No structures were damaged nor were people injured.