Marijuana Farm May Have Caused Yosemite Rim Fire: Official

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
August 31, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Todd McNeal, fire chief in Twain Harte, a town affected by the Rim Fire that is still burning in California, told a community meeting: “We don’t know the exact cause. … [It is] highly suspect that there might have been some sort of illicit grove, a marijuana-grow-type thing.” 

A video of the meeting, which took place August 23, was posted to YouTube (see video below). The San Jose Mercury News highlighted the chief’s statements, which are just starting to gain some attention this weekend, in a report published Friday. 

McNeal said it was definitely caused by human activity, as no lightening struck the area when the fire started. 

Stanton Florea, a spokesman with the U.S. Forest Service, told the San Jose Mercury News: “The cause is still under investigation. There has been progress in the case, but we can’t share any additional details at this time.”

The fire has burned through more than 300 square miles, reports Fox News. The fire was 32 percent contained as of Saturday morning, according to the Forest Service website

Chief McNeal briefs meeting on Rim Fire:

The Epoch Times is updating this report. 

Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.