CalFire admits their brush piles ignited 485-acre Loma fire

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CalFire has admitted that embers from their brush pile burning operation ignited the 485-acre Loma fire on October 25 in Santa Cruz County, California. The piles had been lit nine days previously, had lines around them, and had been doused with water from fire engines, but the wildfire damaged or destroyed a mobile home, seven outbuildings, four recreational vehicles, and one car. At least 1,700 firefighters worked on the fire, which cost $1.4 million to suppress.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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