A series of small fires in a two-block area kept Ceres firefighters busy Thursday afternoon and into the night.
All the fires, possibly set by children, were less than a half-acre.
No structures were threatened and nobody was injured, according to Michael Lillie, battalion chief for the Ceres Fire Department.
Lillie said witnesses saw children near the areas of the fires on Richland Avenue between East Hatch Road and Richard Way and off Evans Road near Herndon Road.
The five calls came in between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
At one location, there were two or three separate fires, Lillie said.
Witnesses couldn’t identify the children and no suspects have been found. One witness said matches were used in one incident, and in another, Lillie said remnants of bottle rockets and ground bloom flower fireworks were found.
In addition to extinguishing the fires, firefighters spent about 30 minutes after each incident to fill their engines with water, clean hoses and prepare their tools for the next incident.
“It kept us running for a little while on top of all our other calls,” Lillie said.