Teen arrested for starting massive wildfire

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SAN DIEGO – A 17-year-old was arrested Sunday for allegedly starting the so-called Point Fire in Spring Valley last month.

According to investigators, the teen started the blaze on August 17. Several homes were threatened as it blackened 25 acres.

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Cloquet Fire, Minnesota, 1918

Land destroyed: 1.2 million acres

Deaths: over 450

Hundreds of deaths due to this early 1900's fire, had townspeople creating mass graves. 

(Photo: Minnesota Historical Society/Flickr)


Tillamook Burn, Oregon, 1933

Land destroyed: Over 300,000 acres throughout 6 years 

Deaths: Unknown

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Griffith Park Fires, California, 1933

Land destroyed: Unknown 

Deaths: 29 firefighters

Shown here: In 2007 John Loa, a survivor of the fire plants a memorial tree. 

(Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The Great Fires of 1947, Maine ​

Land destroyed: Over 200,000 acres

Deaths: At least 15 

(AP Photo/Frank C. Curtin)

Mann Gulch Fires, Montana, 1949

Land destroyed: 4,500 acres 

Deaths: 13 firefighters 

(AP Photo)

Rattlesnake Fire, California, 1953

Land destroyed: 1,400 acres

Deaths: 14 firefighters, 1 civilian

Shown here: The site of the fire in 2009

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Inaja Fire, California, 1956

Land destroyed: 44,000 acres 

Deaths: 11 firefighters

(Photo: Alamy)

Laguna Fire, California, 1970

Land destroyed: Over 175,000 acres

Deaths: 8 

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Siege of 1987, California 

Land destroyed:  640,000 acres

Deaths: None 

(AP Photo/Walt Zaboski)

Yellowstone Fires, 1988

Land destroyed: over 700,000 acres

Deaths: 2

(AP Photo/Tannen Maury, File)

South Canyon Fire, Colorado, 1994

Land destroyed: 2,000 acres 

Deaths: 14 firefighters 

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Cedar Fire, California, 2003

Land destroyed: Over 280,000 acres

Deaths: 13 civilian, 1 firefighter  

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Taylor Complex Fire, Alaska, 2004

Land destroyed: 1.3 million acres 

Deaths: None

(AP Photo/ Al Grillo)

Esperanza Fire, California, 2006

Land destroyed: 40,000 acres

Deaths: 5 firefighters

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Murphy Complex Fire, Idaho and Nevada, 2007

Land destroyed: 600,000 acres

Deaths: None

(AP Photo/Ross Andreson)

Trigo Fire, New Mexico, 2008

Land destroyed: 13,000 acres

Deaths: None

(Photo: Getty Images)

2008 California Fire Siege

Land destroyed: 1.2 million acres

Deaths: 13 firefighters 

(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Wallow Fire, Arizona, 2011

Land destroyed: Over 500,000 acres

Deaths: None

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

2011 Texas Wildfires

Land destroyed: Over 4 million acres

Deaths: None

(AP Photo/Erich Schlegel, File)

Yarrell Hill Fire, Arizona, 2013

Land destroyed: Over 8,000 acres

Deaths: 19 firefighters 

(Photo by Arizona State Forestry Division via Getty Images)

Carlton Complex Fire, Washington, 2014

Land destroyed: Over 200,000 acres 

Deaths: None

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)


Residents were forced to evacuate and a firefighter battling the blaze was bitten by a rattlesnake.

The teen is charged with willfully and maliciously setting fire to forest land. The teen's identity has not been released.

One resident was glad to hear an arrest has been made.

"I'm glad someone is going to have to take responsibility for this, hopefully word gets out that you can't do something like this and get away with it," said resident Garry Allen.

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