- Associated Press - Thursday, September 25, 2014

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) - Fire officials say a serial arsonist is believed responsible for setting 19 fires in the past week in an area south of Spokane Valley, Washington.

On Thursday, officials asked residents to check any security cameras and report any suspicious people or vehicles.

The first and largest blaze was the eight-acre Saltese Lake Fire on Sept. 18.

Fire District 8 Chief Tony Nielsen says there have been at least two fires every day in the afternoon and evening. Most have been set right next to a road in semi-rural areas near homes or other structures.

A task force of local fire and law enforcement authorities, as well as the state Department of Natural Resources, is investigating.

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