Ventura man arrested for suspected arson

VENTURA, Calif. The officer says he spotted 64-year-old Andrew Kirk crouched behind a Circle K market in the 600 block of South Mills Road early Monday morning. The officer says Kirk had a lighter in his hand and had just set a pile of dry pine needles and leaves on fire.

The officer detained Kirk and quickly extinguished part of the fire to prevent it from spreading to a tree line next to the 101 Freeway. Ventura City firefighters finished the job.

Firefighters say, at the time of the fire, the Santa Ana winds were increasing and the humidity was dropping. They say, despite the recent rains, many parts of the city are still dry and that concern over the fire danger remains high.

Kirk was booked into the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of arson.

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