Arson suspect arrested

A suspect is arrested for allegedly setting a fire in San Bernardino.  (Contributed photo by San Bernardino County Fire Department)

A man was arrested on suspicion of arson in San Bernardino on Aug. 22, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

The arrest occurred while investigators from the Office of the Fire Marshal were conducting a surveillance operation in response to a number of recent suspicious fires in the area.

Just before 7:30 p.m., less than one hour into the operation, a man was observed by investigators to be collecting debris and ultimately using it to ignite a section of dry vegetation near West Rialto Avenue and South G Street.

Arson investigators quickly moved in and took the suspect into custody without incident.

Fire Department Medic Engine 221 was dispatched to extinguish the blaze. There were no injuries associated with the response.

Jason Alphonse Morrissett, a 35-year-old transient from the San Bernardino area, was transported by the San Bernardino Police Department to San Bernardino County’s Central Detention Center and booked by arson investigators on suspicion of arson to grassland or forestland, a felony.

The Office of the Fire Marshal will continue its investigation to determine if Morrissett is connected to any of the other recent fires in the region.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at (909) 386-8400.

"As we approach the height of the Southern California fire season, San Bernardino County Fire will continue its proactive stance in reducing the threat of destructive wildfires. In addition to surveillance actions, weed abatement and the clearance of dry brush continues throughout the county with a focus on evacuation routes from our mountain communities. Please report any suspicious activity or fires by calling 911," the Fire Department said in a statement on Facebook.

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