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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Land destroyed: 1.2 million acres
Deaths: over 450
Hundreds of deaths due to this early 1900's fire, had townspeople creating mass graves.
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Tillamook Burn, Oregon, 1933
Land destroyed: Over 300,000 acres throughout 6 years
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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.
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Rattlesnake Fire, California, 1953
Land destroyed: 1,400 acres
Deaths: 14 firefighters, 1 civilian
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Inaja Fire, California, 1956
Land destroyed: 44,000 acres
Deaths: 11 firefighters
Laguna Fire, California, 1970
Land destroyed: Over 175,000 acres
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Trigo Fire, New Mexico, 2008
Land destroyed: 13,000 acres
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Yarrell Hill Fire, Arizona, 2013
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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.