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Ventura County man gets four year state prison sentence for starting forest fire

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Bill Oxford
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A Ventura County man has received a four year state prison sentence for intentionally starting a forest fire.

Blaze burned five acres of land in forest outside of Ojai.

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to four years in state prison for intentionally starting a forest fire.

In June of last year, Ventura County firefighters were called to the scene of a blaze off of Highway 33 outside of Ojai. The firefighters were able to stop the fire at about five acres burned. No structures were damaged.

Fire Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office investigators determined the blaze was intentionally set. Using a photo taken by someone near the scene, they identified Jorge Flores of Ojai as a suspect.

A jury convicted the 29-year-old man of arson of forest land, leading to his four-year sentence. He was also ordered to pay more than $35,000 in restitution.