Arson Suspected in String of Walnut Creek Fires

Firefighters are investigating a string of small brush fires in Walnut Creek as possible arson.

There have been four fires reported in a two-week span in the Arbolado neighborhood, said Fire Marshal Robert Marshall of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Witnesses said there were kids seen in the area of a fire reported Wednesday. The blaze started immediately after kids walked from the direction of where the fire occurred, officials said.

A fire reported Thursday was contained to half an acre, Marshall said.

Authorities are concerned because there are a lot of homes in the area.

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