Cops: 2 Teens Tried to Set Fresh Calif. Fires
As wildfires continue to rage across San Diego County
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2014 11:46 AM CDT
Jeff Buchanan waters the scorched earth around a neighbor's house that burned to the ground during a wildfire Thursday in Escondido, Calif.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(Newser) – Firefighters are still trying to contain several wildfires consuming San Diego County, and two teenagers have been arrested and accused of trying to make things a lot worse. Police nabbed two males, ages 19 and 17, who are suspected of trying to set two brush fires in Escondido, reports the Los Angeles Times. A witness who saw them start one fire off a main boulevard extinguished it and called police, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Soon after, another witness did the same at a local park. Officers then caught the suspects outside a mall.

Police haven't connected the pair to the wildfires that have scorched the region and forced thousands of evacuations. The AP reports that some of those evacuations were lifted this morning, as firefighters hoped cooler temperatures would help their cause. Meanwhile, the first potential fatality has been reported: Authorities found a burned body at a transient camp in Carlsbad.

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julianpenrod
May 16, 2014 10:56 PM CDT
The liars will not tell you the truth, so you have to be ready to look into it for yourself. Between 1996 and 2005 alone, about one and a quarter million acres of land in California was lost to fires. This is about the same as the total conserved wildlife preserves in California. Since that time, the amount has almost doubled. And this is all largely previously untouched land. Dead, smoldering land will not produce a massive blaze. And this all must be recent. At this rate, all the forested land in California would have been cleared in less than a century, maybe a half a century. Troublingly, too, they try to make a big thing about the amount of forest burned each year decreasing. It's apparently not that fire fighting or preventing techniques are getting better, the amount of acreage burned every year seems to be diminishing because the amount of forest left to burn is getting smaller and smaller! It all looks very much like a land grab. Which invokes the “capture” of the two “teenagers”. So very coincidentally similar, both instances. It sounds very much like an attempt at mass hypnosis, at least of that plurality who are stupid enough to be so hypnotized. Those who happened to see strangers hanging around just before all the other forest fires started now will be led not to assume those who New World Order agents, but just these two teens or similar.
$103359148
May 16, 2014 3:58 PM CDT
Two teens, I don't think so, more like young adults. Imagine the kind of dark and twisted mind a person would need to have to intentionally start fires in the middle of an existing firestorm.
toomanycars
May 16, 2014 2:30 PM CDT
These two should be tried as terrorists. And investigate all their family and friends as possible terrorists too. This crap needs to stop .