The Press-Enterprise PUBLISHED: April 29, 2017 at 1:14 pm | UPDATED: April 29, 2017 at 5:12 pm
Two Lake Elsinore men were arrested late Friday, April 28, in connection with a series of fires that were set in the Corona area, police officials said.
A total of three fires popped up Friday evening: One on the east end of the Corona Municipal Airport and two more on the north and south ends of the 71 freeway, according to police and fire officials.
The fire at the airport was reported first at about 11:19 p.m., according to a Corona police news release. Witnesses told police and firefighters that they saw a vehicle possibly shooting fireworks into the vacant field.
The fire was about 7 acres when firefighters arrived, but grew to about 20 acres before it was contained, said Corona Fire Department spokesman John DeYoe. He said no structures were damaged and no firefighters were injured.
The Riverside Police Department helicopter, Air 1, reported seeing the vegetation fires in the area of the 71. The helicopter flew in closer and saw what looked like aerial flares being fired from a moving vehicle.
Corona police officers later spotted a matching vehicle in the area of East 6th Street and Rimpau Avenue in Corona and stopped it. A 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old man — who were not immediately identified — were found inside along with a flare gun and flares, according to the news release.
Both men were booked into jail with bail set at $10,000, according to officials.
Shortly after midnight Saturday, the fires along the 71 had both been put out, according to a California Highway Patrol incident log. Fires like these are a trend during these warmer months. Protect yourself.
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