May 3, 2016 11:10 AM by News Staff
A brush fire in Chico along the Lindo Channel is under investigation Monday night. The fire started in what appeared to be a homeless camp near Highway 99.
It follows a string of small arson fires in the same area last Friday.
Fire crews responded to a blaze here this morning and they're saying this string of arsons are becoming suspicious.
The Chico Fire Department responded to the area after receiving several calls about a brush fire from people driving on Highway 99.
Fire crews said when they arrived on scene they found a fire burning about 50-feet-by-50-feet.
Captain Shawn Eccles with the Chico Fire Department said they often have problems with people starting fires around here.
"We'll get small fires in the channel,” Eccles said. “One, two, three, like a series of fires and then sometimes that will stop, sometimes it continues until we actually catch somebody."
Eccles said ground fuels are dry right now so vegetation fires do have the possibility to get out of control once they get started.
Crews had the fire extinguished before noon and mop-up efforts lasted for a couple of hours.