A 23-year-previous male was arrested for allegedly commencing a hillside brushfire that brought on evacuation of hundreds of people in Santa Barbara and broken two houses, law enforcement reported Friday.

Victor Hernandez, a neighborhood resident, was taken into custody Thursday night time right after hearth investigators seen someone scrambling down the hill and hiding in brush, a police assertion said.

Hernandez was originally arrested at the scene for allegedly becoming underneath the affect of a managed material.

Investigators determined that 5 fires ended up started out and Hernandez was booked into jail for arson of an inhabited dwelling, five counts of standard arson, being underneath the impact of a controlled compound and possession of narcotics, police mentioned.

The assertion said Hernandez has been a suspect in other recent arson instances in the city.

Hernandez was held on $2 million bail. It was not immediately regarded if he experienced a attorney.

The fire erupted all over 9 p.m. Thursday and burned up a steep slope in an location regarded as Tv Hill.

Aided by a drop in winds, firefighters eventually stopped the spread of the flames and evacuation orders were being lifted all over 12:30 a.m. Friday.

At first approximated at 10 acres, police assertion reported the fireplace burned 7 acres.