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Man Arrested On Arson Charge Following Ventura County Brush Fire

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)
Firefighters battle a brush fire near Santa Paula Wednesday afternoon. Investigators later determined it was an arson blaze.

A man has been arrested on an arson charge following a brush fire which caused a scare in Ventura County.

The fire was discovered Wednesday afternoon on a hillside near Forest Drive, just outside of Santa Paula.  Firefighters aided by aircraft were able to protect some nearby buildings.  It burned about three acres of brush before it was fully contained.

Firefighters say the blaze appeared to be suspicious in nature.  Ventura County Fire Department, and County Sheriff’s Office arson investigators were called to the scene, and determined the fire had been intentionally set.

Their investigation led to the arrest of a transient who was staying nearby.  Guadalupe Molina-Pacheco was arrested on arson and drug charges.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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