- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 15, 2014

Eight of the nine fires that San Diego firefighters are battling have a suspicious ignition point, meaning they didn’t start normally, a local ABC affiliate reported.

Sources told the station that the fires didn’t start from a lawnmower or car engine starting, or from a discarded cigarette butt.

One source, a long-time arson investigator who is now retired, told the station that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CAL FIRE, has a crack investigative team to determine exactly how the fires started.

The San Diego Fire Department will be investigating as well.

“Locals will be asked if they saw anything suspicious or noticed strange activity in their area. The Carlsbad Police Department has already established a Tip Hotline for the Poinsettia Fire. Anyone with information can call (760) 602-7599 or send investigators an email,” ABC 10 reported.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Wednesday due to the fires, allowing for federal aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help local forces.

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