Transient Arrested for Setting Multiple Fires in Lompoc

By edhat staff

A transient has been arrested for multiple felonies after setting multiple fires in Lompoc this week.

Ismael Zaragoza Chavez, 39, was arrested on Sunday for arson after the Lompoc Fire Department responded to multiple fires in the northeast area of town. 

Ismael Zaragoza Chavez (Photo: Lompoc Police Department)

At 12:12 a.m., firefighters responded to a vehicle fire, a backyard shed fire, and several dumpsters on fire in the 300 block N. 2nd St, 900 block E. Oak Ave, and 1400 block E. Lemon/North Ave. Alley.

Lompoc Police Department Officers responded to the area to assist with the search of the suspect. Officers contacted Chavez in the area and located evidence that indicated he was responsible for igniting the fires.

Chavez was taken into custody and booked into the city’s jail and faces four felony charges in connection with fires set on Sunday and another fire set on September 10.

Chavez pled not guilty and is being held at the Santa Barbara County Jail with a $50,000 bail.

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  1. Probably another reminder that we need mental health intervention and potential locked care treatment. This is such a simple idea. Do not attribute it to liberal or conservative politics. It is a medical necessity for many people and the community they threaten.

  2. 5:54 PM – How then, in your pretzel logic, do you explain the worldwide temperature records, especially the higher low temperatures? The increased atmospheric energy in the hurricanes typhoons? Is it just all the hot air expelled by the lying deniers?

  3. @6:46 No one has said the fires are caused by climate change. (Except perhaps the bizarre unprecedented lightning storm) The fires are made worse by a changing climate. In SoCal 99% of fires are human caused either by accident, intentionally or utility infrastructure. But the extreme drought and high winds exacerbate these fires. There is no easy answer or solution, but you have to be pretty ignorant to think we aren’t damaging this planet.

  4. If you look at the temperature data measured at temperature stations that have been around for a long time, you will find the 1930s was significantly hotter than recent years. If you adjust the data collected from thermometers in the 1930s using an unrepeatable process and compare it to satellite data, you can claim it got hotter. If you look at unadjusted data from temperature stations that were operating long ago that continue to operate today, you can make an apples to apples comparison. Most of these temperature stations, and there are many all over the USA, are not measuring hotter temperatures now compared to decades past. The Santa Barbara temperature station, for example, has data going back to the 19th century. Daily high temperatures peaked in the 1930s and have actually been lower in recent years by comparison.

  5. More disinformation from a dyed-in-the-wool denier. This untruth (hotter in the US in the 1930s means no global warming) is one of the many climate myths you can find debunked (and backed up with peer-reviewed research in the citations) at
    This particular one is #22. We’re talking about *global* temperatures, and a temporary heat wave in the USA in the 1930s doesn’t have much bearing on that.
    Other myths regularly trotted out here by the deniers include: #89 wildfires, #137 temperature reading adjustments, #150, #187, #198, …

  6. Here’s some examples of fire starters” . Jedidiah Fulton, 39 [] Alberto Vincent Acosta [] Kevin Carle, 37 [] Ivan Geronimo Gomez, 30 [] Guadalupe Molina-Pacheco [] Julian Draper [] Demarco Covey, 24 [] Wesley James Bergman, 37 [] Elias Pendergrass, 44 [] Unknown [] Anita Esquivel, 37 [] Vanya Hummel, 24 [] Unknown [] John Davies, 55 [] Unknown [] Unknown [] Christine Comello, 36 [] [] [] Alexander Bradford Smith, 26 [ BookingSearchDetail?BookingNumber=B20002631] Unknown [] [] Unknown [] Jesse Peterson, 30 [] Jeffrey Accord, 36 [] [] [] Facebook stream mirror; [ (embed)] 2014 Ferguson Arrest; Need more ?

  7., whose tagline is “Getting skeptical about global warming skepticism”. Yeah, that’s not a biased website or anything like that. As far as peer reviewed research, I’ve got news for you. The tobacco industry had research labs with merc chemists publishing data, reviewed by merc peers, that called into question whether smoking was really harmful. Unquestionably, you’ll find few so-called climatologists who would publish anything that would cause their funding to evaporate. It’s all self-serving these days, sadly. But how about you address the Vostock ice core data? Specifically that CO2 level increases trail temperature increases by nearly 1000 years? I know how the phenomenon works, so you don’t have to explain it to me, and yeah more CO2 just exacerbates the problem, but at least acknowledge that CO2 increases don’t cause the initial temperature increases. As for the contribution of manmade CO2, I challenge you to prove that CO2 makes more of an impact as a greenhouse gas than the largest greenhouse gas by concentration, which is water vapor. Water vapor also increases after initial temperature increases that, again, are not caused by CO2. Water vapor also cannot be directly linked to human activity. Gauntlet dropped. Good luck.

  8. 2:07 AM – Yes, biased toward the facts and truth, as revealed by the climate data. In addition to being an amateur epidemiologist, are you an amateur climatologist? You are just repeating the myths that objective people will find debunked at

  9. 8:02 AM – That argument makes no sense. Did they measure the temperature anywhere by satellites in the 1930s? Of course not. But you argue that the measurements made by those older methods in the US are valid, while the worldwide data aren’t? Pretzel logic for sure!

  10. Unfortunately, unless we radically alter our behavior, we’ll have a dismal future filled with increasingly bizarre mental gyrations from the steadfast climate science deniers, trying desperately to explain away all their patently false ideology in the face of an even larger avalanche of data than already exists contradicting them. They’re clumsy and illogical enough as it is.

  11. @ 6:37 pm: From your website: “So skeptics are right in saying that water vapor is the dominant greenhouse gas.” Did you even read the link you said? Therefore what I wrote is not false, and even your source agrees.
    @ 2:28 pm: I’m a biochemist and never claimed I was an epidemiology, amateur or otherwise. Stop inventing things. As for climatologist, I’m not one of those either, but when I took inorganic chemistry we studied molecular symmetry and irreducible representations of point groups. This allows you to predict the IR and Raman activity of molecules. IR, as in infra red, is the EM radiation that green house gases absorb. Any other questions?

  12. No one denies the climate change. We’ve been on a warming trend since the ice age. Prior to the ice age the earth was so warm that warm blooded dinosaurs roamed everywhere.
    So who was alive when dinosaurs were around? Who recorded odd ice age temperatures?
    Right, no one.
    So today people are guessing at what the proper temperature of the planet is supposed to be.
    The living planet is living and changing every day from the earths surface moving like sand in the beaches coming & going. The planet was hotter in the 30s than it is today.
    Politician choose to only reference 70 years of data, not since the beginning of recorded data.
    Fires are 99% human started.
    You want to “save” the planet, get rid of people.

  13. I looked at “myth 22” on that website. The site claims it was hot in the us but cooler globally in 1934. So they measured global temperatures including the oceans with satellites back in the 30s? Of course not. The 1934 data to make the fancy globe graphic that website presents was not measured and recorded in 1934. Temperatures were measured with thermometers in the 30s, and the us had far more of them than the rest of the world. In fact, the data is extremely limited for the majority of the world compared to the us. So how do you compare recent temperatures to historical data that doesn’t exist? Simple. The “global data” claiming it was cooler in the 30s is made up, not measured. I think it would be fair to say the Santa Barbara temperature station, and scores of others around the country and the world with genuine measured data going back far enough, are global warming “deniers”.

  14. 6:57 – Don’t feel too chagrinned. It’s common for people who have achieved some measure of success in a narrow field to develop a bit of intellectual arrogance, and come to believe that the problems encountered in other disciplines have simple solutions that experts in those fields have somehow failed to consider. It happens all the time, especially in anonymous fora.

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