David Battle of San Bernardino was arrested Saturday near the 49-square-mile blaze in the San Bernardino National Forest. The fire is 60 percent contained Tuesday.
A damp weekend helped firefighters stop the growth of a huge Southern California wildfire.
Authorities told CBS2’s Tom Wait on Thursday that they were narrowing on arson as the cause.
State fire officials say the blaze that began June 17 in the San Bernardino Mountains has burned more than 47 square miles of desert brush and forest timber.
Authorities have issued a warning to the public Friday after they say two flying drones disrupted wildfire operations in Southern California this week.
The blaze about 90 miles east of Los Angeles has charred 36 square miles of timber and brush since June 17. As of Thursday, it was only 21 percent contained.
Fixed wing air craft had to be grounded Wednesday evening due to FAA regulations, after a drone was seen flying over the Onyx Summit area around 5:30 p.m., Cal Fire officials say.
Firefighters continued to battle a wildfire Tuesday that they say remained active in the San Bernardino mountains south of Big Bear Lake.
The Lake Fire reportedly had grown to 17,405 acres and was 30 percent contained as of 6 a.m. Tuesday.
A high pressure system that pushed temperatures into the triple digits in SoCal over the weekend is drifting east, allowing a gradual cooling trend into the middle of the week.
Authorities said about 1,900 firefighters were working around the clock to battle the blaze.
Approximately 1,300 firefighters are battling the blaze that erupted Wednesday. Water-dropping helicopters and planes are being used in the fight.
As firefighters knocked down dozens of small brush fires from north to south, a fleet of helicopters took on what was by far the largest of the wildfires, in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Firefighters Saturday made progress as they battled a brush fire north of Santa Clarita.