Teen arrested for starting massive wildfire

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. 

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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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Trigo Fire, New Mexico, 2008

Land destroyed: 13,000 acres

Deaths: None

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Yarrell Hill Fire, Arizona, 2013

Land destroyed: Over 8,000 acres

Deaths: 19 firefighters 

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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.

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