One SoCal Wildfire Started by Boy with Matches

There’s a sad piece of news on the one of the SoCal wildfires today. A boy playing with matches was responsible for the Agua Dulce area fire.

Officials blamed a wildfire that consumed more than 38,000 acres and destroyed 21 homes last week on a boy playing with matches, and said they would ask a prosecutor to consider the case.

The boy, whose name and age were not released, admitted to sparking the fire on Oct. 21, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Diane Hecht said Tuesday. Ferocious winds helped it quickly spread.

“He admitted to playing with matches and accidentally starting the fire,” Hecht said in a statement.

The boy was released to his parents, and the case will be presented to the district attorney’s office, Hecht said. It was not clear if he had been arrested or cited by detectives.

Sadly stuff like this happens. There was a fire in the Hollywood Hills a year or so ago that was started by a couple of kids messing around. They were visiting at an apartment complex in the Hollywood Hills. SoCal folks know full well how these wildfires start and how dangerous they can be. The Santa Ana winds or any high winds with a combination of hot, arid temperatures can be the cause, some times the fires are accidental, and sometimes they are arson.

Sister Toldjah seems a bit confused today in her call for Democrats to apologize for any references to “global warming” or president Bush causing the fires. Whatever references might have been made by far left Democrats, were in fact about 2 things. Global Warming can be a contributing factor to making the wildfires worse and whatever references that were made to Bush were solely references about the fact that had the majority of our National Guard and their equipment not been deployed in Iraq fighting Bush’s war based on lies, California might have had more resources to fight the wildfires. Perhaps Sister missed this piece in the news that “Bureaucracy Hampered Initial Calif. Fire Efforts.” Apparently even some local Republican lawmakers were frustrated by the red tape and lack of funding that hampered the efforts:

But there weren’t enough available for all the aircraft ready to fly in the first days of the fires that now have scorched a half-million acres and destroyed more than 1,800 homes from Malibu to San Diego County.

“We’re going to look at our helicopter manager situation and see if we can’t make it better,” said David Hillman, a deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray, a Republican who represents parts of San Diego, was among lawmakers whose criticism of the aerial response helped prompt state forestry department Director Ruben Grijalva to alter policy and let one spotter orchestrate drops for a squadron of three helicopters.

Hillman blamed the shortage on funding. “If you could convince the Legislature to pump some money into the … budget, I can have some more people,” he said.

Helicopter managers double as firefighters, so when the flames broke out “virtually everybody was committed almost instantly” to fighting fires on the ground, Hillman said.

The lack of organization that left helicopters stranded “was a bureaucratic condition that was established by the state,” said U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, who represents part of San Diego and is running for the Republican presidential nomination. “When asked to satisfy their own condition, the announced they couldn’t.”

Other regulatory and coordination issues that may have also hampered early firefighting efforts.

Sister Toldjah may want to rethink her call for an apology from Democrats. As a SoCal resident who spent a lot of time last week covering the wildfires with factual posts, I think she’s just a bit confused on who’s saying what. Even the “post-mortem of sorts” that she links to noted the “government” could have done better. The government, federal and state may need to do the apologizing for their slow response. And maybe Sister ought to read some liberal blogs now and then, because most, if not all reported on the fact that it was known that atleast one of the fires was arson.

Links to all the Dem Daily coverage of California wildfires can be found here in our archives.

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Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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  3. I never really understood the pharase, “playing with matches”. If this person was an infant, perhaps the word “playing” would be justified. However if the yongster was at least 10 years old, he should be considered a minor arsonist. This young person must have been old enough to reason, for he freely acknowledges that he set the fire. If this minor knowingly and willfully set the fire, he was not “playing.” His punishment, although maybe modified due to his age, should be harsh enough to fit the crime!! Buzz