Over the summer about two dozen grass fires were attributed to arsonists in and around Lindsay.

At one of the fires on June 18, Officer Heinks spotted two Hispanic male subjects leaving the scene on mountain bikes. They dumped the bikes and took off on foot into the groves.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Friday, July 30, Tulare County Sheriff's Office Dispatch advised that two Hispanic males were seen running from the scene of a fire into a nearby residence in the area of Tulare Road and Highway 65. In what appears to be an all out effort, five Lindsay Police officers responded along with two fire fighters. Officers Dominguez, Hughes and reserve officers Soto, Vasquez and Tristo responded to the report of an arson in progress. Engineer Simeral and volunteer firefighter Harl Buckridge also responded, locating two grass fires which they contained.

The police officers contacted Richard Del Real, 33, a resident of the area, who said he observed two juveniles start the fires then run into a residence in the 1600 block of West Tulare Road. The officers responded to that location and contacted Jorge Guadalupe Soto, 23, and Luis Miguel Soto, 18. Jorge was positively identified as one of the subjects who ran from the scene. Both men were arrested and taken to the police department where they both confessed to starting the fires. Both subjects were later lodged at Visalia Main Jail.


  • Arson activity can be reported anonymously by calling the state department of Forestry Confidential Arson Hotline at (800) 468-4408.

  • Rewards of up to $10,000 are available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of arsonists.

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