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Officials: American Fire likely human caused

Matthew Renda
Staff Writer

The American Fire, a wildland fire that has torched an nearly 15,000 acres swathe of the Tahoe National Forest, was likely human caused, U.S. Forest Service officials revealed.

As first reported by YubaNet, the factors that typically point to a naturally caused fire were absent in this instance.

"There was no lightning in the area," Gwen Ernst-Ulrich, TNF spokeswoman, told The Union Tuesday.

Ernst-Ulrich was mum on the exact cause of the fire as it is still under investigation.

Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn told a crowd of concerned residents at a community meeting in Foresthill, Calif. — the town closest to the persistent blaze — that no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made, according to YubaNet.

Quinn said a late-model pickup truck was seen in vicinity to the fire and that it had been burnt over and two gentlemen in the area looking for a ride were subsequently interviewed by forest service investigators.

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