This from the U-T:
By Susan Shroder
Union-Tribune Staff Writer
5:34 p.m. October 1, 2009
SAN DIEGO – Fires in the Interstate 5 median between Balboa Avenue and Nobel Drive have caused problems for both commuters and firefighters, and authorities on Thursday asked for the public’s help to find who is setting them.
About 15 fires have been set in the 5-mile stretch since July 22, said Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. The unknown arsonist or arsonists are setting oleanders in the median on fire, Luque said.
The latest blazes were set Wednesday – one that snarled traffic during the late-afternoon commute and another that started about 10:45 p.m., Luque said.
“We don’t have any conclusive evidence that links all of the fires, but we have reason to believe that they are being intentionally set,” the spokesman said.
They have also caused major traffic backups.
“They are nuisance fires, but they are a danger to fire crews that have to respond, and to motorists that are driving by,” Luque said.
Suspicious activity, including seeing a vehicle that is parked along the freeway, can be reported to the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.
“We welcome the public’s help with information on something that they may have seen, or something they may see in the future,” Luque said.