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Cause of Courtney fire near Bass Lake
October 03, 2014 06:20PM
Sierra fire cause: man burning deer innards
By Kurtis Alexander
Updated 4:24 pm, Friday, October 3, 2014

One of the most destructive wildfires in the Sierra Nevada this summer, which ruined dozens of homes south of Yosemite National Park, appears to have had a most unusual cause: flaming deer entrails.

A man trying to get rid of the stench of innards from a hunted deer was burning the leftover parts and accidentally set fire to a hillside near the town of Oakhurst last month, according to a Madera County sheriff’s report.

Sheriff John Anderson said Friday that the man confessed and apologized for igniting what would become the 320-acre Courtney Fire, which destroyed 30 homes near Bass Lake.

Deputies encountered the man, who has not been identified, when they responded to reports of the blaze Sept. 14, Anderson said.

“He had a hose and he was trying to put out the fire,” Anderson said.


http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Sierra-fire-cause-man-burning-deer-innards-5799272.php
avatar Re: Cause of Courtney fire near Bass Lake
October 07, 2014 07:52PM
Idiot.
avatar Re: Cause of Courtney fire near Bass Lake
October 08, 2014 07:25PM
"Idiot" who started the fire in a critical drought year, or "idiot" hunter who left the carcass for others to deal with (seems like plenty of idiocy to go around...)?
avatar Re: Cause of Courtney fire near Bass Lake
October 08, 2014 08:40PM
Both. Both need be given lessons on how to use a shovel.
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