Officers took 34-year-old Kurt Billie in to custody after a motor home fire Tuesday morning in North Hollywood.
Detectives are linking him to a series of fires in the San Fernando Valley that began mid-July. Authorities say all the fires took place within a 1.5-square-mile radius, amounting to more than $1 million in damage.
The investigation is ongoing. Authorities are looking into whether there are additional suspects.
Eyewitness News has learned that Billie is a former Marine who spent five years in a Japanese prison for setting fire to several restaurants in Okinawa.
Billie remains jailed on $250,000 bail.