The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has announced that a boy who was playing with matches started a wildfire in Southern California that burned 38,000 acres, destroyed 21 homes and injured two firefighters and three civilians. Reportedly 15,000 people were evacuated during the fire.
The boy has admitted to being responsible for the Buckweed Fire that started on October 21 in the Agua Dulce community. He was identified as a suspect on October 22 and after police talked with him he admitted that he had been playing with matches and started the fire.
The boy’s age and identity have not been released and police say that he is currently at home with his parents. The sheriff’s department will refer the case to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office for possible charges against the boy.