Suspected arsonist arrested in Upper Bidwell

Mar 8, 2015 9:07 PM

Chico Police have arrested Joey Valderrama suspected of starting several small fires in Upper Bidwell Park.

The fires were reported just before 1:00pm Sunday. Chico firefighters were able to put out all seven fires near Diversion Dam. They say Valderrama, 21, was arrested at the scene carrying a large backpack containing several road flares.

He has been transported to Butte County Jail.

Police are asking witnesses to call them at (530) 897-4911


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