15-year old boy arrested, may have set 18 fires

Police in north Idaho arrest boy after arson spree

From The Olympian:

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – A 15-year-old boy suspected of setting 18 fires in the last month has been arrested in northern Idaho.

Coeur d’Alene police say the boy is being investigated in connection with 15 recent wildland fires and then three more fires near Skyway Elementary School. The fires were quickly extinguished.

Coeur d’Alene Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Lauper said it was critical to make an arrest due to an increased chance of fires this weekend because of fireworks, low humidity, high temperatures and no expected rain.

“We’re going to be busy enough with other emergencies,” Lauper told the Coeur d’Alene Press. “Those extra fires were putting a drain on our resources.”

After eight fires were set in the last week, officials asked for the public’s help, which Lauper said was a difficult decision because it could have made it harder to catch whoever was setting the fires.

“We had to make a calculated risk analysis,” Lauper said. “Once we go public, we have to have the resources to put into that investigation because it could either shut him down or make him accelerate his activities.”

Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Bill Tilson said tips from area resident’s led to the boy’s arrest late Thursday.

“The patrol division received some tips and we followed up on those tips,” he said. “Thanks go to the citizens of the city.”

Lauper said the boy, who is being held in a detention facility and whose name has not been released, has told officials details about the fires. He said the boy and his parents are cooperating with officials.

“He told us things that were absolutely consistent and confidential to the investigation,” Lauper said.

 

Watch Out Situation #18

On February 26 Wildfire Today posted some of the history of the “18 Watch Out Situations”. As we explained then, they began with the “13 Situations that Shout Watch Out” in the 1960s, and evolved in 1987 into the “18 Watch Out Situations”.

Each day between March 19 through March 30 (and on Feb. 26) we posted images depicting each of the original 13 Situations that were in the “Basic 32” wildland firefighter training program that was developed by the El Cariso Hot Shots 1972-1973.

The image above is the 13th and final one we have posted. It is similar to Situation #18 on the present day list of 18.

To see all of the “13 Watch Out Situation” images that have been posted to date, click on the “13/18 Situations” tag below.

To Use the Images

The 13 images we have posted here are rather low resolution, but feel free to use them. The black and white images were originally produced by the U.S. Government, and were colorized in 1972 by a member of the El Cariso Hot Shots.

They should work well in PowerPoint presentations or on web sites, but if you want to print them larger than 5″ x 7″, you will need higher resolution images, which I have. The higher resolution copies are 300 dots per inch (DPI) and each file is about 1.2 Mb. But if you need them go to our Documents page and download the zipped file with all 13 images; the file is about 14 Mb.

Watch Out Situation #17

On February 26 Wildfire Today posted some of the history of the “18 Watch Out Situations”. As we explained then, they began with the “13 Situations that Shout Watch Out” in the 1960s, and evolved in 1987 into the “18 Watch Out Situations”.

Each day from March 19 through March 30 we will be posting images depicting each of the original 13 Situations that were in the “Basic 32” wildland firefighter training program that was developed by the El Cariso Hot Shots 1972-1973.

The image above is the 12th one we have posted. It is similar to Situation #17 on the present day list of 18.

To see all of the “13 Watch Out Situation” images that have been posted to date, click on the “13/18 Situations” tag below.

Watch Out Situation #16

 

On February 26 Wildfire Today posted some of the history of the “18 Watch Out Situations”. As we explained then, they began with the “13 Situations that Shout Watch Out” in the 1960s, and evolved in 1987 into the “18 Watch Out Situations”.

Each day from March 19 through March 30 we will be posting images depicting each of the original 13 Situations that were in the “Basic 32” wildland firefighter training program that was developed by the El Cariso Hot Shots 1972-1973.

The image above is the 11th one we have posted. It is similar to Situation #16 on the present day list of 18.

To see all of the “13 Watch Out Situation” images that have been posted to date, click on the “13/18 Situations” tag below.

 

Watch Out Situation #15

 

On February 26 Wildfire Today posted some of the history of the “18 Watch Out Situations”. As we explained then, they began with the “13 Situations that Shout Watch Out” in the 1960s, and evolved in 1987 into the “18 Watch Out Situations”.

Each day from March 19 through March 30 we will be posting images depicting each of the original 13 Situations that were in the “Basic 32” wildland firefighter training program that was developed by the El Cariso Hot Shots 1972-1973.

The image above is the 10th one we have posted. It is similar to Situation #15 on the present day list of 18.

To see all of the “13 Watch Out Situation” images that have been posted to date, click on the “13/18 Situations” tag below.

 

Watch Out Situation #14

On February 26 Wildfire Today posted some of the history of the “18 Watch Out Situations”. As we explained then, they began with the “13 Situations that Shout Watch Out” in the 1960s, and evolved in 1987 into the “18 Watch Out Situations”.

Each day from March 19 through March 30 we will be posting images depicting each of the original 13 Situations that were in the “Basic 32” wildland firefighter training program that was developed by the El Cariso Hot Shots 1972-1973.

The image above is the 9th one we have posted. It is similar to Situation #14 on the present day list of 18.

To see all of the “13 Watch Out Situation” images that have been posted to date, click on the “13/18 Situations” tag below.