California Boy Charged with Arson in Wildfires

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Dec. 23 (UPI) — A 16-year-old boy was charged with arson Wednesday in a pair of destructive California wildfires.

Ricky Sean Lukacs was charged as adult by the San Bernardino, Calif., County District Attorney’s Office after being linked to up to 14 fires, the Victorville (Calif.) Daily Press reported.

Prosecutors allege Lukacs was responsible for starting the Aug. 30 Oak Glen fire and the Aug. 31 Pendleton fire, which together with other fires he is suspected of starting, burned about four square miles in California’s High Desert country.

The Daily Press said Lukacs is scheduled for arraignment Monday in San Bernardino County Superior Court.

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