Two wildfires begun by same arsonist? |

Two wildfires begun by same arsonist?

Two fires, both arson, both set the same time of day.

Although it’s premature to consider them connected, investigators haven’t ruled out the possibility that a pair of recent blazes was started by the same person, Battalion Chief Jim Hoffmier of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday.

“Basically, we haven’t eliminated their relationships, and we’re still looking at some other things,” he said.

A 50-acre fire near Weimar in Placer County was first reported at 11:06 p.m. Sunday. Investigators said the fire was intentionally set in two spots.

A one-acre fire that burned near Red Dog and Chalk Bluff roads in Nevada County was first reported at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday. Several matchbooks were found at the scene, along with other burning materials that Hoffmier declined to identify.

Beyond similar reporting times, both started in remote areas. Hoffmier said investigators are looking at other similarities.

A possible connection was drawn to a third fire, a five-acre blaze Sunday in Tahoe National Forest north of Foresthill in Placer County. But that was caused by target shooters, said TNF spokeswoman Ann Westling. It started burning on private land, and was reported at 1:20 p.m.

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