UPDATE 10:40 a.m. Thursday, July 4, 2019 - There are many warnings out from firefighters and law enforcement concerning fire safety. Despite the warnings there was a fireworks-related vegetation fire off of Old Humboldt Road in Chico on Wednesday night just before 8 p.m. The suspects are all teens.
The brushy field is close to Stilson Canyon and is right next to a subdivision where residents are always concerned about fire danger.
Chico police officers and firefighters raced to the scene.
Chico police said they saw 18-year-old Angel Coronado attempting to put out flames in the field, but the other teens were gone by the time they arrived.
Witnesses had told police that they saw Coronado with other three juveniles out in the field. They reported seeing a car leaving the area which was located and stopped by officers. Three teens were inside of the vehicle.
Police said the teens went to the area specifically to set off the fireworks. They were aerial fireworks and illegal. Officers said the fireworks were not of the “safe and sane” variety.
All of the teens were detained while firefighters contained the blaze at one acre.
18-year-old Angel Coronado was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on various misdemeanor and felony charges.
A 17-year-old male juvenile was also arrested and booked into Butte County Juvenile Hall.
Two 14-year-old girls were arrested, cited and then released to their parents.
Chico police said the fire could have had disastrous consequences for the nearby homes. They said the wind and weather conditions were favorable for firefighting, making quick containment possible.
Police said the incident demonstrated that a moment of reckless fun can cost you your freedom and may leave you with the long term consequences of a felony arrest record.
CHICO, Calif. - Around 7:45 p.m. the Chico Fire Department received reports of a grass fire off of Old Humboldt Road and Highway 32 South in east Chico.
The fire was quickly put out and did not destroy or damage any structures.
Firefighters say bottle rockets started the one-acre fire, which are illegal in Chico and all unincorporated areas in Butte County.
Three minors were taken into custody in relation to this incident.
Firefighters attribute the lack of winds to why they were able to extinguish the fire within the hour.