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Boy, 16, suspected in a dozen arson fires in San Bernardino County

Authorities believe he may have started the Pendleton and Oak Glen fires and others over the last three years.

A 16-year-old boy seen riding a bike away from a brush fire near Yucaipa on Wednesday is suspected of starting a dozen fires that ravaged the area over the last three years, including two large blazes earlier this month.

San Bernardino County prosecutors said they were still weighing what charges to bring against the high school student, who was not immediately identified because of his age.
Authorities said he has been linked to recent blazes, including the 860-acre Pendleton fire that destroyed two structures and the Oak Glen fire that charred more than 1,100 acres.
"It’s early in the investigation, but we are looking at him in connection with multiple fires," said Dist. Atty. Michael A. Ramos.

"It’s a very serious case," he said. "Our county has had its share of fires in the last decade that have destroyed peoples’ property, peoples’ homes and peoples’ lives."
Investigators would not reveal what evidence links the various fires. The boy was arrested Wednesday when witnesses saw him riding his bike away from a fire that had just started in the Crofton Hills area.
Officials said it was odd to have a large number of fires in a small area, suggesting that someone in the area might be setting them.

"That’s a small area to have this intense of a fire siege," said Doug McKain, a unit chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. "There were a lot of evacuations. It impacted a lot of people."
The case marks the second high-profile arrest of a suspected juvenile arsonist in less than a month. Last week, a 13-year-old El Monte boy was charged with two felonies in connection with the Aug. 25 Morris fire, which consumed more than 2,100 acres north of Azusa, prosecutors said. The youth is accused of felony arson of a forest and recklessly setting fire to a forest or structure.
In 2005, of 1,467 arson arrests in California, 52% involved juveniles, according to the California Department of Justice. Nationwide, an FBI report found that in 2003, 50.8% of those arrested on suspicion of arson were juveniles; a third of the total arrests in arsons were of children under 15 and 3% were of those under age 10.

Meanwhile, firefighters battling the 16,400-acre Guiberson fire in Ventura County took advantage of relatively light winds Thursday to attack flare-ups emerging on the northeast edge of the three-day-old blaze.
From the tiny Piru community east of Fillmore, a giant column of smoke could be seen throughout the day as air and ground crews worked to halt the flames’ advance, said Capt. Ron Oatman, a Ventura County Fire Department spokesman.
But for the most part, the fire has slowed considerably and is no longer posing a threat to Moorpark, Somis and other communities on its southern flank, Oatman said. All evacuations and road closures have been canceled except in one small area near Somis, he said.
"We’re right on track," he said. "We had the weather we expected today, hot and dry. And the wind wasn’t as bad as it could have been."
Full containment of the month-old Station fire in the Angeles National Forest was expected late Thursday.
Aircraft on Thursday were patrolling the interior of the 160,577-acre blaze to extinguish hot spots that remain in steep and rugged terrain that can’t be reached by ground crews.

And as if the wildfires aren’t enough…

Fire burning at Wilmington refinery

Wilmington

A large fire broke out this morning at a refinery in Wilmington.

The blaze started around 5 a.m. at the Tesoro Refinery at 2101 E. Pacific Coast Highway. More than 120 firefighters were on the scene and had prevented the blaze from spreading outside the Tesoro property, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

No injuries were reported, and officials are not sure how the fire started.

What is it with fires and California??

I tried to find some good news but it’s hard to come by these days.

Everyone, have a Great weekend!

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5 Responses to Get This!!!!

  1. john says:

    Child arsonists…what role did the parents play / not play, neglect by parents so overlooked.refinery fires are nasty. take care have a good one.

  2. Ann says:

    Isn’t it the dry season? Fires are common; but worse when they’re set.

  3. maillady says:

    I think those kids should be made to help cleanup a burnt house or somehow experience some of what they put those people through. Although there has been a lot of rain down south, it is dry as a tinderbox up north here. I’m hoping people will be careful with their fall bonfires or we could have problems too. It’s sad that those kids are starting them, but good that they are getting caught. Stay safe my friend.

  4. Joe says:

    I am shocked at how often irrisponsible kids are responsible for things like this. I notice we’re under a red flag warning for fires with unseasonable heat right now…likely about forty degrees cooler then what you’ve got. Bad weather conditons + irresponsible human behavior = tragedy every time.

  5. Sue says:

    I’m glad they managed to apprehend the kid—but will they procecute him?! If he’s under age and is tried as such, they’ll probably just slap his hands and put him back out into society—so he can do it again. I hope not, though. This is serious behavior that needs to be stopped!!!

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