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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Arson in San Diego Area Fire

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A 57-year-old man has been charged with setting one of 10 wildfires that swept the San Diego region this week.
 
Alberto Serrato pleaded not guilty Friday to arson in connection with a 105-acre fire in suburban Oceanside -- one of the smaller fires. The fire started Wednesday and is fully contained.
 
Tanya Sierra, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County district attorney's office, says witnesses saw Serrato adding brush to the flames near homes but he was not seen starting the fire. The spokeswoman says he has not been connected to any other fire.
 
The spokeswoman says Serrato was arrested Thursday in Oceanside and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Meanwhile, San Diego County officials say five wildfires have been 100% contained.
 
County officials said Friday that firefighters also had 90% containment of the week's first big fire, which erupted Tuesday in the community of Rancho Bernardo.
 
Crews were focusing efforts on two large fires -- one in the city of San Marcos and two blazes at the Marin Corps' Camp Pendleton.
 
The San Marcos fire burned more than 3,000 acres and forced thousands from their homes. The two Pendleton fires have burned more than 14,000 acres of military lands.  (AP)


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