- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Corvallis, Oregon, police say two juveniles who had been smoking marijuana in a park have been charged for what prosecutors say were their roles in starting a Sept. 5 fire that burned 86 acres of public and private land.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times says the 15-year-old and 16-year-old have been charged with misdemeanor counts in juvenile court.

Lt. Cord Wood says as the two walked out of Chip Ross Park, the 16-year-old dared the 15-year-old to light some dry grass on fire with a lighter. They tried but failed to douse the fire that quickly ignited. Investigators say one of them made a call to 911 about the fire.

Police say in addition to the acreage burned, one home was damaged, as were several fences and decks. The fire department spent more than $50,000 putting out the blaze.

Wood says the boy accused of starting the fire has been charged with reckless burning, reckless endangering and criminal mischief. The other boy is charged with evidence tampering.

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