Out of jail on $25,000 bail, suspected serial arsonist Kenneth Allen Lee pleaded not guilty Wednesday during his arraignment on charges that he started five wild-land fires near Ojai.
Lee, a 37-year-old oil rig worker from Ojai, faced the charges with his pregnant wife and his parents at his side.
Lee borrowed money from friends to put together enough to make bail, his attorneys said.
They had argued Friday that the bail be reduced, but prosecutors said that because it is the fire season, Lee could be a danger to the community.
He was arrested Aug. 20 after a yearlong investigation that included extensive surveillance of his home by detectives.
The first fire was set last summer, and the most recent fire was started June 29 and burned 145 acres in the Topatopa Mountains.