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Officials: Hunter Caused Huge Wildfire Near Yosemite

AP Photo / Jae C. Hong

AP Photo / Jae C. Hong

Sept. 5, 2013

A gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park was caused by an illegal fire set by a hunter, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday.

Officials said there is no indication the hunter was involved with illegal marijuana cultivation, which a local fire chief had speculated as the possible cause of the blaze.

No arrests have been made, and the hunter's name was being withheld pending further investigation, according to the Forest Service.

The fire has burned nearly 371 square miles — one of the largest wildfires in California history.

Officials say the blaze is now 80 percent contained and that many of the evacuation advisories have been lifted.


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