Investigators today indicated they now know the cause of the massive Rim fire near Groveland, CA. They say it was caused by a hunter who let a fire get out of his control. So far 237,341 acres have been burned.
Early guesses at a cause were lightning or even a marijuana farm. Although lightning is common in the area, there were none at the time surrounding the start of the flames. The terrain is not conducive to pot growing. It is mostly steep hills without areas to grow. There is no natural water source needed to grow the hemp.
The Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office and the Forest Service released the information and said: “No arrests have been made at this time and the hunter’s name is being withheld pending further investigation.” In a National Forest, you can camp freely, but need a permit if you plan to light a fire. They know who it is but are not releasing his name for now. No further details.
The fire is now at 80% contained, but winds at 18 mph from the southwest are continuing to fan the fire. It is far from over and don’t plan on Hwy 120 to the park being opened any time soon. Skies are generally clear in the valley and now is good time to go with kids back in school and many cancelling trips rather than drive the extra hour+ to avoid Hwy 120.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You’re givin’ me the fever tonight I don’t wanna give in, I’ll be playin’ with fire.” – Pat Benetar
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