California police have detained three men on charges of recklessly starting a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, 64 kilometres east of downtown Los Angeles.
The suspects, all in their early 20s, were identified as Clifford Eugene Henry Jr, Steven Robert Aguirre and Jonathan Carl Jarrell.
“Reportedly they were up, they had set a camp fire, they were tossing paper into the campfire and a breeze, reportedly, a breeze had kicked up and set this fire,” said Captain Tim Staab of the Glendora Police Department.
By mid-morning on Thursday, the flames had scorched through more than 1,700 acres and destroyed at least two homes.
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