USA — James City County police have charged a 16-year-old with setting a brush fire in the Toano area earlier this week.
James City County fire marshals responded about 5 p.m. Monday to a wooded area near the entrance to the Wellingtonsubdivision, where they found two teens on bicycles. The teens told investigators they had been setting underbrush on fire with a lighter in order to clear land to construct dirt ramps and jumps.
The brush fire was quickly brought under control, and the 16-year-old was charged with carelessly damaging property by fire, a Class 4 misdemeanor.
Wild brush fires were a problem in the Hampton Roadsarea earlier this week, as high winds and low humidity fanned flames and kept firefighter busy. Some larger fires in Suffolk and Charles City County burned for days, and the area is still seeing smoke from a series of fires over the North Carolina border.