Boy Playing With Matches Started California Fire

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One of the fires that swept southern California last week was started by a boy playing with matches. Authorities are deciding whether to charge the boy or not in the case. The fire he started burned 38,000 acres and 21 homes, so it is no small thing.

The boy, whose name and age were not released, admitted to sparking the fire on Oct. 21, Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Diane Hecht said Tuesday. Ferocious winds helped it quickly spread.

"He admitted to playing with matches and accidentally starting the fire," Hecht said in a statement.

The boy was released to his parents, and the case will be presented to the district attorney's office, Hecht said. It was not clear if he had been arrested or cited by detectives.

The fire began in an area near Agua Dulce and quickly spread. It was among 15 or so major wildfires that destroyed some 2,100 homes and blackened 809 square miles from Los Angeles to the Mexican border last week. Seven deaths were blamed directly on the fires, six evacuees died of natural causes and one person died of a fall.

Authorities arrested five people for arson during that period, but none have been linked to any of the major blazes.

All but four of the blazes are now fully contained. Firefighters on Wednesday continued to cut lines around the remaining fires and kept a close eye on the weather.

Bruce Webster over at And Still I Persist is working on an after-action analysis of the fires right now. (Just scroll down.) As always, there are also some great photographs.

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5 Responses to Boy Playing With Matches Started California Fire

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  2. Lynelle says:

    All the poor, decent people caught up in these fires. God brought down his wrath because of the sin of the liberals and innocent people are brought into the middle of it. Remember them in prayer.

    God Bless! :-)


  3. Thomas says:

    This does not change my initial supposition regarding the wildfire arsons and the minds of the people who did it.

  4. NortonPete says:

    I lived in So Cal in the 70’s, it used to be a well known fact that the Santa Ana winds were going to blow in the fall. They used to predict it days in advance, ( high pressure out in the high desert ). Fire was always a concern, people who ventured off the pavement had to have a spark arresters on their muffler. Everyone I knew in the Crestline/San Berdo area were very aware of fire danger. Brush was cleared away and yes there were fire breaks. What happened? I speak to old friends in So Cal and they say that there is no fire awareness anymore.

  5. Lee says:

    people who made cavalier political statements using the fires need to be excoriated (would the media bring this to light? doubtful).

    saying that, i can remember countless times playing with matches as a kid. it’s what kids do. even while my parents taught me otherwise.

    i feel for the kid(s) nearly as much as the people with actual loses.

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