Teen blamed for fire at Bend transient camp

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 15 at 7:22 AM

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Investigators say a 14-year-old girl is to blame for a fire that broke out Thursday at a transient camp near Bend and burned nearly four acres of trees and sagebrush.

The Deschutes County sheriff's office says the fire likely spread from a fire pit near her tent that was not properly extinguished the night before. KTVZ reports the girl was cited on charges of reckless burning, recklessly endangering another person and second-degree criminal mischief.

The girl's 41-year-old mother was cited for failure to supervise a child. The girl suffered minor burns on her arm and was treated at St. Charles-Bend hospital.

Eight transients, including the girl, were evacuated and cited by deputies for trespassing. The fire threatened one home before it was controlled.

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