A hearing date has been scheduled for the 15-year-old boy accused of starting the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge last summer.
The unidentified teenager allegedly lobbed a firecracker down a canyon, igniting the fire that torched more than 48-thousand acres. The fire forced hundreds of residents to evacuate, caused school delays and prompted businesses to shut down.
His hearing is scheduled for Feb. 16 in Hood River County Circuit Court.
The Hood River County District Attorney is not releasing the juvenile’s name.
Oregon law requires the government to keep juvenile records confidential except under unusual circumstances.