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Boy, 13, blamed for Morris fire

September 17, 2009|Richard Winton

A 13-year-old boy started the Morris fire, which broke out above Azusa and burned 2,100 acres last month, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

The district attorney's office has not decided whether to charge the youth, who was not identified.

Details of how the fire started were not immediately clear, but the Sheriff's Department described the boy as being "primarily responsible for igniting the fire."

The blaze broke out in San Gabriel Canyon on Aug. 25, the day before the deadly and much larger Station fire was sparked to the west.

The Morris fire burned areas along California Highway 39, a few miles north of Azusa in the Angeles National Forest.

-- Richard Winton

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