Officials believe 5 Oakland fires are suspicious

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Updated: 6/18 1:21 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters will be back on the scene in the Oakland Hills a day after putting out five separate brush fires they deem suspicious.

Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Lisa Baker says crews on Wednesday will walk through trails where the fires occurred Tuesday in a wooded canyon area near several million-dollar homes.

Baker says about 100 firefighters from several local and state agencies help put the blazes out in about an hour as no injuries or structural damages were reported. She says calm winds on Tuesday have raised suspicions that somebody may have started the fires as well as two other fires nearby on Friday.

Those fires were located not too far from where the massive Oakland Hills fire began killing 25 people and destroying more than 3,000 homes in 1991.

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