Man accused of setting 20 fires in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say a man described as a transient has been charged with setting more than 20 small trash fires throughout Los Angeles this year.

Forty-three-year-old Salvador Munguia pleaded not guilty this week to the string of fires.

The most recent fires burned dry grass in the Boyle Heights area. Prosecutors say trash cans, discarded furniture and piles of leaves were set ablaze between April and June.

Munguia, whom authorities described as a transient, was arrested June 27 near the scene of a small fire.

The fires were small and caused no significant damage.

If convicted on all counts, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in state prison.