Three teenagers were charged with arson after allegedly starting a fire that destroyed track equipment and damaged bleachers at Hesperia High School last month.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the three juveniles assembled paper at the base of bleachers near the school's track and set the paper on fire. One juvenile allegedly then lit a bandana on fire and the group threw it back and forth until it landed in a hole in the pole-vaulting pad, setting it on fire as well. When they were unable to put the pole-vaulting pad fire out, the trio allegedly fled the scene.

The fire department was notified of the fire shortly before 8 p.m. and had the fire under control soon after, but the blaze had destroyed hurdles, the pole-vaulting pad and caused smoke and heat damage to the bleachers at the north end of Hesperia High School's athletic field. Total damages are estimated at $100,000.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department subsequently identified the minors and cited their parents and guardians on charges of arson.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.