Multiple fires set near Mojave Narrows Park in Victorville, suspect arrested, deputies say

A suspect was arrested after authorities said multiple fires were set near Mojave Narrows Park in Victorville on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

An arson suspect was arrested after authorities said multiple fires were set near Mojave Narrows Park in Victorville on Thursday.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said a 911 caller reported smoke near railroad tracks located by the park at about 11:15 a.m.

When deputies responded to the scene, they said a man began to run away.

During the foot chase, deputies said another fire was started at about 11:45 a.m.

The suspect ran northeast in a riverbed from the Spring Valley Lake area toward Apple Valley, according to the sheriff's department.

Authorities apprehended the suspect just before noon. During the chase, a deputy suffered from dehydration and was treated.

Due to multiple fires being set, a bomb and arson unit was called to the scene to investigate.

One of the fires set spread to 6 acres of vegetation, according to fire officials. Multiple crews were called in to contain the blaze. No evacuations were ordered.

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