ACTON – A 23-year-old Quartz Hill man was arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly causing a two-acre brush fire in Acton, authorities said.
Christopher Hayes was taken into custody in connection with a fire that broke out near Soledad Canyon Road and Crown Valley Parkway, according to Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
After Los Angeles County firefighters doused the blaze, the sheriff’s Arson/Explosives Detail responded to the area around 4:15 a.m. to assist with the investigation, Saldana stated.
“Arson detectives found that Palmdale deputies contacted a man at the location who fire personnel said was near the fire site while they were attempting to extinguish the fire. Deputies arrested him for being in possession of a gun,” Saldana stated. “Arson investigators discovered that the suspect had been staying at an illegal encampment he built, and his fire for cooking ignited the nearby brush.”
Christopher Hayes was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully causing a fire and being a felon in possession of a gun. He was booked at the sheriff’s Palmdale Station and held without bail.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Arson/Explosives Detail at 323-881-7500. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).