Spokane County fire officials confirmed Wednesday morning a juvenile has been arrested in their investigation into a string of grass fires across the area.
The juvenile, who is 16, was taken into custody Tuesday evening and has been charged with multiple counts of arson.
The teen, a Central Valley High School student, admitted to starting the fires, including one he claimed he set about 100 yards away from his home. He told detectives when confessed that he was depressed as he recently moved to Washington from Missouri, was unhappy living in Spokane Valley, has no friends, and was acting out his frustrations with school.
Officials declined to say if the teen has a criminal history.
The outpouring of tips and information from the public helped crack the case so quickly, officials said. Multiple people reported seeing the juvenile in a white four-door sedan; fire officials said the boy was seen using multiple cars that were all registered to his family.