Night Vegetation Fires
#1 Sunday September 25th
after 8:00 P.M., San Bernardino County
Fire Fighters and the U.S. Forest Service
responded to a reported vegetation fire in lower Waterman Canyon within the
city limits of San Bernardino. Upon their arrival, the fire had been
extinguished by a resident. The resident stated a male subject had started the
fire and gave fire authorities a description. A search of the area turned up
negative for the subject described.
Later the next morning just after midnight another
vegetation fire was reported in the same vicinity (Fire #2 below). While SBC Fire
Fighters fought to contain the second fire, investigators were notified that
two residents had caught the suspected arsonist and had him detained near the
San Bernardino County Fire
Headley and U.S. Forest Service
Investigator Brandon Smith responded and took custody of the subject. Investigators determined the subject, later
identified as Edwin Lizano, is suspected of deliberately setting both fires.
Lizano was charged with two counts of PC451(a); arson, and booked at the West
Valley Detention Center by San Bernardino Police Officers in lieu of $250,000
“The residents quick actions may have saved their
neighborhood from going up in flames and helped put an arsonist behind bars.” San Bernardino County Fire spokeman expressed
“ Thanks, residents for being vigilant and for “Seeing something, saying
Anyone with information on an arson fire can contact We-Tip
at 800-47-ARSON (800-472-7766) or Fire Dispatch at 909-356-3805.
Residents Detain Arsonist
#2 San Bernardino County Fire Fighters and the U.S. Forest Service and CalFire
crews were dispatched to a reported vegetation fire in the area at 12:15 A.M. of Lower Waterman Canyon, just in the city limits of San
Bernardino. First fire attack units arrived on-scene and found one acre of
heavy vegetation burning, with a direct threat to the San Bernardino National
Forest. Fire Crews engaged in an aggressive attack, knocking the fire down and
keeping the fire to the boundaries of two acres. No structures were immediately
threatened. Due to the threat to the San Bernardino Forest, San Bernardino County Fire Department
entered into a unified command.
San Bernardino County Fire
with (5) Engines, (1) Battalion Chief, (1) Fire Inv, (1) Dozer, (1) Hand Crew
and (2) Water Tenders. United States Forest Service responded with
multiple engines, Chief Officers, (1) Night flying helicopter and air attack
overhead. Cal Fire responded with
multiple engines & overhead.
Fire-fighting Crews remained on-scene throughout the night
and into the morning to fully contain the fire. Fire Investigators also stayed
on-scene to find the cause and origin.
Arson suspect, Edwin Lizano, held on $250,000 bail, at West
Valley Detention Center will be arraigned Wednesday September 28, 2016 for
being suspected of deliberately setting