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Kauai police blame serial arsonist for more than 60 brush fires

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Kauai chief of police says it's dealing with the Garden Island's largest string of arsons in recent history. Right now detectives are trying to track down whoever is responsible for setting more than 60 fires across the island.

Some are sparked in the morning, others at night.  Fire crews have even responded to multiple fires on the same day.  Kauai police chief Darryl Perry says he's had enough.
 
"The message is stop," said Chief Perry.
 
This all started on December 22, 2014.  Since then, fire crews have battled an average of several brush fires a week.  Some as large as 200 acres.  Police tell us they believe this serial arsonist struck again on Tuesday.


Residents snapped photos of the first brush fire in Anahola just before Christmas.  Many of the people who lived nearby fled from their homes.  Strong winds pushed the flames dangerously close but fire crews managed to save the neighborhood.
 
Another fire scorched 10 acres of land behind the Grand Hyatt Resort. 

In April more than 100 acres burned in Koloa.
 
"The common denominator is that there are several points of origin when the fires started," said Chief Perry.
    

Chief Perry also believes whoever is doing this is using some sort of accelerant. 

"Things like gasoline, kerosene, oil any type.  Even a bug spray," said Chief Perry.
 
The fires have typically been set in remote areas across the island.  But the majority have occurred in Anahola.
 
"In my personal opinion I believe it's adults.  It's adults that are mobile in other words they have a car or some means of transportation," 
said Chief Perry.
 
Chief Perry wants residents to keep a close eye out for anything suspicious and if you see something call police immediately.
 
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