15-Year-Old Richland Teen Charged with Causing Fire
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - Authorities think matches caused a wild fire at Willamette Heights in West Richland Monday afternoon.
Police have charged a 15-year-old Richland boy with reckless burning. The teen allegedly told police he lit a match, burned his finger, and then dropped it in sagebrush.
Police said two teens that were with him are not in trouble. Firefighters were able to get the flames under control, but a shed burned, along with a fence that surrounds about 5 different homes in the Desert Dove neighborhood.
Firefighters said more than 2 acres of land was burned. Police said the wind mixed with fire could have made this fire a lot bigger if the firefighters did not get there quick.
Sergeant Scott Bravo encourages adults to speak with their kids about the dangers of fire. He said, "It's totally unsafe and parents need to talk to their kids about matches, especially with 4th of July coming up. It's extremely dangerous."
Police said flames came extremely close to a propane tank but thankfully no one was hurt.