Paroled Arsonist Served As Volunteer Firefighter



(AP) SAN DIEGO A volunteer who fought San Diego County's recent wildfires has a secret: He's a convicted arsonist.

Steve Robles is now back in prison for failing to tell his parole officer he'd been working with the Ranchita Volunteer Fire Department.

Robles was paroled in May after serving time for a series of 1998 wildfires that destroyed three homes.

Last month, he joined the Ranchita Volunteer Fire Department and was on the front lines in battling the San Diego County Witch fire that destroyed 1,000 homes.

He's not accused of setting it. His criminal background came to light two weeks later when a visiting state fire investigator recognized him.