How Wildfires Start (Hint: It’s Usually Not Arson)
Supervisor Bill Horn publicly aired suspicions that one or more of the blazes was set by an arsonist. But even if one or more of the current fires was intentionally set, statistics show it’s actually pretty rare for wildfires to start on purpose with some nefarious aim.
As flames from several wildfires whipped through North County this week, Supervisor Bill Horn came forward with a bold suspicion: The blazes may have been started by an arsonist still on the loose.
“I question whether or not six fires haven’t been set by somebody,” Horn said Wednesday at a news conference in Carlsbad. “I’ve never seen anything like this in 20 years.”
Horn admitted “it could all be by chance” and said he did not have any evidence that arson was the cause. Fire Captain Kendal Bortisser later said the arson suspicion “did not come from Calfire” and that “the fires are under investigation.”
Horn said early onThursday, though, that he’s not the only one with that worry, he just “probably spoke up first about it.”
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