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Juvenile Suspected of Starting Agua Dulce Fire

SHERIFF’S ARSON/EXPLOSIVES DETECTIVES HAVE IDENTIFIED A SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR STARTING THE “BUCKWEED FIRE” IN AGUA DULCE.

THE FIRE BEGAN JUST BEFORE 2:00 P.M. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2007, IN THE AREA OF SIERRA HIGHWAY AND AGUA DULCE CANYON ROAD, AGUA DULCE. DUE TO THE DRY WEATHER AND HIGH WINDS THE FIRE QUICKLY SPREAD AND HAD BURNED 12,500 ACRES BY 10:30 SUNDAY NIGHT.

THE FIRE CONTINUED TO SPREAD THREATENING HOMES AND CAUSING THE EVACUATION OF APPROXIMATELY 15,000 PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES.

SHERIFF’S ARSON/EXPLOSIVES DETECTIVES IN CONJUNCTION WITH LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATORS IMMEDIATELY BEGAN AN ARSON INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE.

THE NEXT DAY (10/22/07) DETECTIVES IDENTIFIED A MALE JUVENILE AS THE SUSPECT.

AFTER TALKING WITH THE SUSPECT, HE ADMITTED TO PLAYING WITH MATCHES AND ACCIDENTALLY STARTING THE FIRE. THE BOY WAS RELEASED TO HIS PARENTS. THIS CASE WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR FURTHER ACTION.

THE “BUCKWEED FIRE” HAS BEEN FULLY CONTAINED AFTER BURNING 38,300 ACRES, DESTROYING 15 HOMES, AND INJURING 3 PEOPLE.

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