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Scott Steepleton, Editor
3:43 pm PDT July 12, 2021

Authorities arrested a man in connection to a fire in the Topanga Canyon area over the weekend.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, deputies on July 10 responded to a call for service of a person starting a fire in the Topanga Canyon area some three miles north of Pacific Coast Highway.

Deputies arrived and located a man “that had started a fire to heat up his food,” according to a Monday statement.

The man, who was not identified, was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully causing a fire on forest land, a felony punishable by up to three years in state prison or up to six months in county jail and a fine.

Authorities say that “with little rain, dry brush in our surrounding mountains and high temperatures, any small fire can quickly spread, endangering many lives. Thankfully this one did not have time to spread.”