Arson suspected in Chico brush fire

The three-acre blaze on Monday that left behind a charred Erland’s Point Park in Bremerton is being investigated as arson.

Kitsap County Fire Marshal David Lynam, who is investigating the case, said evidence was found at the scene that leads them to believe the brush fire was intentionally set at the north end of the park.

“Every fire investigation is different, we first have to rule out what didn’t happen,” Lynam said, adding that the type of evidence could not be disclosed because it is still under investigation.

Firefighters from Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, South Kitsap Fire & Rescue, Bremerton Fire Department and Navy Region Northwest Fire and Emergency Services responded to the three-acre brush fire that blazed through Erlands Point Park in Bremerton on Monday. The fire was called in just before 2 p.m. and was extinguished just after 4 p.m.

With flames a mere 50-feet from endangering nearby homes, nearly 30 firefighters from seven different stations helped extinguish the flames with both water and fire retardant foam.

Although the wind didn’t play a huge factor in the spread of the blaze, the lack of rain left trees, grass and shrubs dry and in ideal condition for brush fires.

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