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Teen arrested for allegedly starting wildfire that spread to San Bernardino National Forest

A 17-year-old boy was arrested Thursday on suspicion of starting a fire at the edge of Lake Silverwood that eventually spread into the adjacent San Bernardino National Forest and burned roughly 66 acres, authorities said.

The teenager, whose identity was withheld because of his age, was arrested in connection with the Aug. 17 fire near Miller Canyon, said Deputy Doug Brimmer of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Some area campgrounds were damaged, but there were no structures lost or injuries reported, he said.

Arson investigators later determined the fire was “unlawfully set,” Brimmer said.

It appears it may have been set unintentionally, he said. The teenager was released to his parents with charges pending related to the cause of the fire.

-- Carlos Lozano

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Charge the parents as well!

It would be wise - particularly in the case of a 17-year-old - to remember that people are responsible for their own actions. We're not talking about a 7-year-old, here. Charging the parents too, would be idiotic...unless they handed matches to their son and told him to go burn things.


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