The 13-year-old girl accused of starting the Cocos Fire, which destroyed nearly 40 San Marcos homes last May, will stand trial.
The trial is scheduled to begin March 10 and will take place downtown, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to NBC 7.
The teen faces four felony charges, including two counts of arson of an inhabited structure or property in which multiple structures were burned and two counts of arson of a structure or forest land in a reckless manner. She also faces a misdemeanor of unlawfully allowing a fire to escape from one’s control.
The suspect will be tried in juvenile court, which is designed for rehabilitation as opposed to punishment. She is currently living at home with her parents and undergoing counseling.
The Cocos Fire sparked May 14 near Village Drive and Twin Oaks Road. Strong winds and dry heat fueled the flames, ultimately scorching 2,000 acres and costing the city of San Marcos more than $10 million. It was one of nine wildfires that swept San Diego County last May, burning 9,000 acres in a single day.
The girl's next hearing is set for Feb. 19 in juvenile court.