Selah police say a man started a 500-acre wildfire by launching a floating luminaria. The bag heated by a candle drifted into a hillside Friday and started a brush fire that took 100 firefighters to extinguish.

SELAH, Yakima County – Selah police say a man started a 500-acre wildfire by launching a floating luminaria. The bag heated by a candle drifted into a hillside Friday and started a brush fire that took 100 firefighters to extinguish.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports police are recommending a reckless burning charge against 36-year-old Alejandro B. Olivarez.

He spoke to firefighters at the scene and said he intended for the luminaria to rise into the sky.

Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com