Marijuana Farm May Have Caused Yosemite Rim Fire (+Video)

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 Friday night: “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 was posted to YouTube (see video below). 

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 decimated more than 300 square miles. 

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.