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Friday, October 15, 2010

San Bernardino NF: Teen charged w/ Arson in Miller Canyon Fire

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

A 17-year-old male teenager, whose identity was withheld because of his age, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of starting the Aug. 17 fire near Miller Canyon, at the edge of Lake Silverwood that eventually spread into the adjacent San Bernardino National Forest and burned roughly 66 acres. 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.

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