Arson investigators in LA plan to arrest five young men who they say accidentally set the Malibu wildfire that destroyed scores of ritzy homes over Thanksgiving weekend, the LA Times reports. The men, ages 18 to 27, were having an illegal campfire in a restricted area when they triggered the larger blaze. They could face up to 10 years in prison.
Police found empty alcohol containers and bundled logs near a cave—popular as a local party spot—then examined receipts from local stores and eventually found a witness who remembered the men. The brush fire, driven by Santa Ana winds, burned nearly 5,000 acres and destroyed 53 homes, the Times notes. At least three of the men were in custody last night, the AP reports.