The Chula Vista Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding an arsonist or arsonists possibly responsible for a string of recent brush fires in the Rancho Del Rey Parkway neighborhood.
Police said there have been four small brush fires in close proximity to each other in the east Chula Vista neighborhood since late May. Several of the fires sparked close to residences, police said.
The first fire happened May 28 at Rancho Del Rey Parkway and Esla Drive in Rice Canyon. A few days later, on June 2, a second fire occurred at South Rancho Del Rey Parkway and Buena Vista Way.
A third brush fire happened on June 5 in that same location, at South Rancho Del Rey and Buena Vista Way. On June 8, a fourth fire sparked in the canyon behind 1413 Summit Dr. just west of a Ralphs grocery store.
No injuries were reported in the four separate fires. Police said the cause of the May 28 fire and the June 8 fire are still undetermined. The June 2 fire is still under investigation, while the cause of the June 5 fire was determined by authorities as “incendiary,” or arson-related.
At this time, police said there are no solid leads on these Chula Vista brush fires.
Police are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or arson investigator Detective Matt Smith at (619) 585-5732. There is up to a $10,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects involved in these crimes.