A mother and daughter living in a homeless camp off Neff Road were cited in connection with a fire that charred just less than four acres Thursday east of Bend.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office cited a girl, 14, for reckless burning, reckless endangerment of another person and second-degree criminal mischief. Her mother, Ruth Johnson, 41, was cited for failure to supervise a child, the Sheriff’s Office announced late Sunday.
The pair lived in a tent about 50 yards from the main part of a large homeless camp just south of Neff Road near Hamby Road, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Troy Gotchy.
The fire spread south and west, burning sage brush and juniper trees, and threatening a home nearby, according to a Bend Fire Department investigator, Gotchy reported. The fire apparently started in a fire pit that had burned the night before and was not properly extinguished, according to Gotchy.