An undocumented teen from Mexico was detained by border patrol agents due to suspicions that he started fires in California.
On September 24, U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a statement regarding the apprehension of an illegal immigrant who is believed to have started several fires. The fire has now been extinguished and the individual’s case will be handled by CBP and the Bureau of Land Management.
El Centro Station Dispatch notified fire departments of a fire in the Jacumba Wilderness Region around 2:15. Authorities arrived on the scene around 2:50, where they found the individual in the area and in the process of igniting another fire (CBP). After apprehending him, they attempted to put out the fire, but made little progress.
The Station contacted the Bureau of Land Management, who sent over an engine, a hand crew, and helicopter in addition to the fixed-wing aircraft. By the next morning, the fire had been completely extinguished.
The individual who was detained is an 18-year old Mexican national who had entered the U.S. illegally. He is believed to have started several of the fires in that area, but was charged with entering the U.S. illegally. He was moved to the El Centro Sector Processing Center, where he was questioned by BLM officials and planned to investigate the fires soon.
Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino released a statement saying, “Our environment and natural places are national interests that all Americans hold dear. I would like to thank our partners at Bureau of Land Management as they work tirelessly to conserve and protect the fragile Jacumba Mountains Wilderness area; the location where this undocumented migrant purposefully set fire to endangered Big Horn Sheep habitat.”