Fire chief: Marijuana growers may have started the Rim Fire
The scope and speed of the Yosemite Rim Fire can be blamed on all sorts of human activity, from twentieth-century logging activity to climate change. The massive blaze is now 80 percent contained, but the nature of the spark that ignited it remains unknown.
In a video posted to Youtube last week, Chief Todd McNeal of the Twain Harte Fire Department speculated that humans were probably behind the fire's origin, too, as no lightening occurred in the area. And, he added, officials "highly suspect" that the source was an illegal marijuana farm.