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Deadly Big Sur blaze was sparked by illegal campfire

Published 03/08/2016

Novato Fire District firefighter Kyle Marshall tackling a blaze in Big Sur (AP)
Novato Fire District firefighter Kyle Marshall tackling a blaze in Big Sur (AP)

A deadly wildfire that continues to spread near California's scenic Big Sur was started by an illegal campfire.

Fire information officer Deborah McClain said investigators determined that the blaze started on July 22 in an area of Garapata Park where campfires are prohibited.

She said officials are still trying to discover who started the fire and are asking for information from campers who were in the area before the massive blaze charred 67 square miles and destroyed 57 homes.

A bulldozer operator working on the operation to tackle the fire was killed last week in an accident in steep, forested ridges.

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