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Arson suspect arrested for Highway 18-area fires in San Bernardino

Smoke is seen near the area of Highway 18 and Lower Waterman Canyon, where suspected arson fires were sparked on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

March 22, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
An arson suspect was arrested in San Bernardino, accused of starting five different fires near Highway 18 and Lower Waterman Canyon.

Authorities received a report of a fire at about 2:45 p.m. Thursday. When crews arrived, they found five different spots burning in the area.

Police chased the suspect up a mountain slope, but he tumbled down a few hundred feet.

He was then arrested. In all, 5 acres were burned. It took firefighters about 1 1/2 hours to contain everything.

Investigators will continue to patrol the area to make sure nothing sparks up.