A Bradley woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of setting fires in the North County over the summer.
Cal Fire law enforcement officers in August began a surveillance investigation into a series of fires in the Lake Nacimiento Drive area that ignited starting in June, according to a Cal Fire news release.
During an interview, Collins allegedly admitted to starting several fires, though investigators were able to determine she wasn’t involved in igniting the Chimney Fire, which started Aug. 13 south of Lake Nacimiento and burned 46,344 acres. Cal Fire Capt. Robert Cordova said most of the fires Collins allegedly set burned about one acre.
Collins was arrested on suspicion of eight counts of arson, two counts of manufacturing an incendiary device, two counts of use of a time-delay device, eight counts of arson during a state of emergency and one count of resisting a police officer.
She was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail and is being held in lieu of $462,000 bail. Cordova said Collins’ high bail likely reflected officials’ “very serious” attitude toward arson. Collins is scheduled to be arraigned in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Monday.