Boy Blamed for Starting Willow Fire

A boy who was allegedly lighting some small pine branches on fire is being blamed for starting the Willow fire that has now burned more than 1,700 acres east of Bass Lake, Madera County District Attorney David Linn said, reports fresnobee.com.

The boy was lighting some small pine branches with needles on them and they fell on the ground, igniting the fire, Linn said.

Linn said he’s withholding the name, age and hometown of the suspect because he’s a juvenile.

No charges have been filed, Linn said. His office is expecting more reports on Wednesday, at which time Linn said his office will be formulating the charges.

Linn said the boy and his family were forthcoming with information.

“It also appears that both the suspect and the family attempted to put the fire out by themselves and were unable to and they did in fact call the fire in to 911,” Linn said.

Linn and U.S. Forest Service investigators announced Tuesday that they had identified the fire’s cause and that a juvenile was being blamed for starting it. Linn said his office is working with Forest Service investigators on the case.

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