Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


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

Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

View Devonshire Area Fires in a larger map

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.

Support for LAist comes from

"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.