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Police charge teen for allegedly deliberately starting Provo Canyon fire

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Posted at 5:27 PM, Jun 12, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-14 17:24:34-04

PROVO CANYON, Utah -- A teen has been charged with allegedly deliberately starting a fire in Provo Canyon earlier this week.

A small wildfire broke out Tuesday afternoon and burned a patch of land about eight miles up Provo Canyon.

Orem Department of Public Safety says that crews responded to a brush fire at about 4 p.m. near Canyon View Park. They say about a quarter-acre was charred before the blaze was contained. No injuries or buildings were damaged.

Police say that a passerby spotted two teens trying to put out the fire that had apparently grown too large for them to control.

"Two juveniles intentionally started the fire and were held onto by a citizen that saw them," said Orem Department of Public Safety spokesman Craig Martinez.

Martinez says that the citizen decided that the two teens would be in harm's way and escorted them down where they were later met by authorities.

The Orem Dept. of Public Safety has charged a 13-year-old boy with reckless burning for allegedly intentionally starting the fire. The second boy was not charged.

Provo fire crews assisted Orem Fire in extinguishing the blaze.

RELATED: State and federal agencies released the following rules concerning fire restrictions statewide.