OGDEN -- Officials hinted at a pattern of arson after firefighters chased a string of grass fires late Thursday night.
Beginning at 10 p.m., Ogden Fire responded to six separate grass fires, some of which threatened structures. The fires were just south and west of downtown Ogden, with a few along Wall Avenue.
The fires occurred near 679 Patterson Blvd.; 3170 Keisel Ave.; 27th Street and Wall Avenue; 1945 Wall Ave.; and 3100 Stephens Ave.
The string of fires came just a few days after another series of nearby blazes, which authorities believe may also have been the work of an arsonist. Firefighters extinguished four fires Sunday evening near the Ogden Parkway Trail System, including one that came within 150 feet of a house.
"We don't know if the fires are all linked," said Eric Bauman, Ogden Fire Department Deputy Chief.
However, the fires were all definitely man made, as there was nothing else that could have sparked them, he said.
Just because none of the fires have caused substantial damage doesn't mean they weren't dangerous, Bauman said.
"It's just so dry right now," he said. "It doesn't take long for a fire to grow rapidly."
Additionally, Battalion Chief Hal Vanmeeteren said, the fires put the public in danger by pulling away resources that could potentially be needed for larger emergencies.
Jacob Wise came out of his house on Patterson Blvd. to see the hillside just above his backyard was ablaze. He noticed that the fire made an "O" shape in the grass.
He, his girlfriend and five children had to be evacuated from their home while firefighters extinguished the blaze.
Amanda Gomez, who is Wise's girlfriend's sister, said she was angry to think that someone would have no regard for the kids who lived only a few yards away from where the fire started.
"I know it was probably only some young kids messing around, but I can't believe anyone would have that little regard for people," she said.
Gomez lives near Stephens Avenue and said she could smell smoke in that area last Thursday night.
Ogden Police were put on alert to look for any suspicious people in the areas near where the fires occurred. Following Sunday's fires, authorities encouraged the public to call in with tips. However, none had been reported as of Friday evening, Bauman said.
"These are really tough cases for us because many times the person who started the fire is gone when we arrive," he said. "We're pleading with the public to help."
Anyone with information is urged to call the Weber County nonemergency dispatch at 801-629-8221.