Cow causes fire

We have another case of animal arson — this time a cow is the culprit. No, it was not Mrs. O’Leary’s cow. And we’re not referring to the 293-acre “Cow fire” near Ukiah, California, it was the 35-acre “Green fire” near Big Sur, California. Both fires were recently contained, but investigators have concluded that a bull on the El Sur Ranch rubbed his horns and back on a power pole until it fell. The lines arced, starting the fire.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Cow causes fire”

  1. There is a great deal of skepticism among locals about this report. One reason is the WAY the power went out – suddenly, as if shut down, not flickering, as if a pole was coming down. PG&E was reportedly in the area before the incident. Also, if one looks at Serra HIll, hard to believe that’s where the bulls would likely hang out. Finally – there was no beef BBQ. I think the jury is still out on this one.


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