Rim Fire: Possible Illegal Marijuana Grow Sparks Fire

August 30, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
We have new insight into what may have started the massive Rim Fire. YouTube video has surfaced of the fire chief of Twain Harte at a recent community meeting where he tells the audience the fire was definitely caused by humans.

"We know it's human caused," said Fire Chief Todd McNeal. "There was no lightning in the area. But we don't know the exact cause. Highly suspect that there might have been some sort of illicit grove, a marijuana-grow-type thing."

We contacted the United States Forest Service and showed them the fire chief's comment. The only official response they would release at this time is the Rim Fire cause is still under investigation.