Arson investigators say 13-year-old boy set Morris Fire

The search for the arsonist behind the massive Station Fire in the San Gabriel Mountains is still underway. But investigators say they’ve nabbed the person who touched off the smaller Morris Fire. KPCC's Nick Roman has details.

The Morris Fire began burning on the afternoon of August 25th in the San Gabriel Mountains above Duarte. It burned about 2,100 acres, mostly steep, rugged terrain that was tough to get to.

Arson investigators say someone set the Morris Fire, and now they say that “someone” is a 13-year-old boy. They’ve handed their evidence over to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department has not identified the teenager.

The 160,000 acre Station Fire started an hour after the Morris Fire in the same mountain range. Arson investigators say the ignition point for the Station Fire was miles away to the northwest along the Angeles Crest Highway above Pasadena.

The search for the arsonist who sparked the Station Fire is also a murder investigation. Two L.A. County firefighters were killed in a car crash as they tried to get out of the way of the fire.