Smokey Bear says: “Don’t Play with Matches”

Remember the “Buckweed” fire last week? It charred more than 38,000 acres and destroyed 21 homes in the Santa Clarita area? Do you know what started it?

According to the LA Times, a boy playing with matches. A Fire Department spokesman didn’t identify the boy or where he lived, but did note “Arson investigators interviewed the young man, and he acknowledged he had been playing with matches and accidentally started a fire.”

He has been released to the custody of his parents. I’m guessing he won’t be sitting down for a while. At minimum.

Somehow, I sense that this story will morph into a cautionary children’s tale about why you shouldn’t play with matches.