A teenager has been accused of arson in connection with a 43-acre wildfire in Livingston Parish in March.
Austin Tycoty Brewer, 17, of Tangipahoa Parish, confessed to starting the blaze near Independence in March but has not offered a motive, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
“I guess I was being bad,” he reportedly told investigators.
Firefighters were called to a fire on Selders’ Lane on March 25. Dry and windy conditions caused the initial blaze to spread, LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain explained in the release.
Of the 43 burned acres, 15 were on Weyerhaeuser Timber Co. property, and flames caused $4,563 in damage.
A person who lives nearby noticed Brewer in the area around the time of the fire but didn’t contact authorities right away, said LDAF Press Secretary Veronica Mosgrove.
Brewer was picked up Oct. 2, when he admitted to setting the fire. He was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail on one count of simple arson but has been released on $25,000 bond.