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Woman accused of intentionally starting fires on Highway 101 arrested

anita esquivel
Monterey County Sheriff's Office
Anita Esquivel


UPDATE 9/11/2020 2:20 p.m. The Monterey County District Attorney's Office tells KION that they have no information or evidence suggesting that a woman accused of intentionally starting fires on Highway 101 has any connection to Antifa.

The DA said there is no evidence of that sort of activity in the area.

PREVIOUS STORY: The California Highway Patrol confirms that a woman has been arrested after being accused of intentionally starting fires.

They said it happened on Highway 101 near Boronda Road, and it was first reported just after 9 a.m. The number of fires was not released.

The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Anita Esquivel, is booked into the Monterey County Jail arson.

Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.



    1. Jalbert, if they can get a charge like that to stick….definitely. Now is not the time to be screwing around with fire. We won’t even fire up the barbies here, let alone the fire pit. Sucks too but whatcha gonna do?

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