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Feb 18, 2013 12:49 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Boy cited for three-acre brush fire

MARANA - A 10-year-old boy was cited for Reckless Burning after a brush fire in Continental Ranch, according to Capt. Adam Goldberg with the Northwest Fire District.

Penny Cheshier was going to visit family when she saw the fire from the freeway.

"I was so freaked out because I thought it was their house," she said. "That wind was blowing and we were nervous."

Two boys were playing in a wash around 12 p.m. Sunday. A fire started and they told a woman who was walking in the area. She was the first of many people to call 911.

"All it took was one match to get this fire started on a windy day," Goldberg said, "and you can see the results."

It was near Twin Peaks Road and Coachline Boulevard and took more than 2 hours to control the 3-acre blaze.

The child who was cited was voluntarily referred to Northwest Fire's Juvenile Firesetter Intervention program. In the past, kids have been forced to go through the course because of a court order.

The brush fire did not damage any homes. The grass in the wash was mowed and trees were trimmed.

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