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Wildfire Causes Usually Elusive

As you might expect, the causes of the most recent wildfires in Nevada County are still under investigation. Cal Fire Public Information Officer Daniel Berlant says finding out what sparked a blaze is always a challenge, with evidence often up in smoke, and no witnesses or reliable witnesses. He says investigators work backward…

click to listen to Daniel Berlant

Berlant says the causes for most fires are undetermined, with cases suspended, including Nevada County’s Lowell Fire in 2015…

click to listen to Daniel Berlant

Berlant says finding the cause may produce valuable information in finding ways to prevent wildfires in the future. He also points out that 95% are human-caused and prosecution is not possible without a very thorough investigation with strong evidence needed to make an arrest.

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