Campfire cause of Day Fire?

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleEarlier, cooler weather had helped hundreds of firefighters get a line around about 25 percent of the Day Fire, which started Labor Day in Ventura County’s Los Padres National Forest and has burned out of control since. The blaze is burning in wilderness north of the Santa Clarita Valley and has come within feet of the shoreline of Pyramid Lake. Nearly 1,500 firefighters were battling the blaze, which has scorched 15,687 acres since it started a week ago. No homes have been damaged and no injuries were reported. LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – A small campfire apparently ignited the enormous Day Fire that has burned some 21 square miles of forest since Labor Day and on Monday moved toward Interstate 5, U.S. Forest Service officials said. Officials refused to provide details on how the blaze started, only to quote from a prepared statement that said “suspects and witnesses” were being questioned in a fire caused by “a member of the public burning a small amount of material.” Late in the afternoon, the fire jumped the old Highway 99 west of the I-5, shutting down the freeway because of heavy smoke. The closure was planned from Parker Road in Castaic to Highway 138 near Gorman, said CHP Officer Michelle Esposito. “It crossed a safety zone and is coming close to the freeway,” Esposito said. last_img read more