SYLMAR ( — Investigators from the Los Angeles Fire Department are asking for the public’s help following a series of fires in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports authorities believe someone is intentionally setting blazes targeting Italian Cypress trees in Sylmar.

The fires reported between Nov. 4, 2012, and March 17, 2013, were primarily set at night in a square-mile section of the city, according to arson investigators.

Officials Wednesday announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fires.

Aside from damages to a residential fence and at least two vehicles, no injuries have been attributed to the blazes — a fact for which Councilmember Richard Alarcon said residents should be thankful.

“This is a very serious matter,” Alarcon said. “We’ve been very fortunate that we haven’t lost a major structure or even a life.”

Anyone with information on the fires is asked to call the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section directly at (213)893-9850 or contact them by emailing at


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