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Map: Fire Department Seeks Help on Series of Arson Fires in Northridge

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A series of eight arson fires lit early this morning in the San Fernando Valley has investigators asking for the public's help and vigilance. Trash cans, grassy patches and even pine needles on a sidewalk were among the fires that took place between 3 and 4 a.m. in the Northridge area, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Additionally, investigators from the LAFD's Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section believe this morning's spate of fires are tied to four similar fires that occurred in April.

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"LAFD Investigators are urging residents to be alert for suspicious activity, and to minimize the threat of arson by abating dry vegetation, trash and debris," wrote spokesperson Brian Humphrey on the department's blog. "Property owners are also encouraged to use outdoor lighting, lock vehicles and place rubbish within covered trash cans in well-secured areas to curtail the possibility of arson."

And with information regarding the fires can contact the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section office directly at (213) 485-6095.