Golfer shoots out of rough, starts fire

golf course fire

Photo: Shady Canyon Golf Club.

The Orange County Fire Authority in California is saying that a 12-acre fire on Saturday was ignited when a golfer, whose ball was in the rough, struck a rock with his club, causing sparks which started the fire. It took hand crews, helicopters, and 150 firefighters to put out the fire at the Shady Canyon Golf Club.

Apparently it is not uncommon for golf clubs to generate sparks, according to posters on the Sand Trap forum.

Should we close golf courses during periods of high fire danger?  (kidding…. I’m sure that would go over really well!)

golf course fire

Photo: Shady Canyon Golf Club

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About Bill Gabbert

Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert’s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire. If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Google+