Black Fire cause remains under investigation |

Black Fire cause remains under investigation

The cause of a weekend fire that burned 170 acres of grass and woodland in the Spenceville Wildlife Management Area remains under investigation.

Sunday’s Black Fire was “human-caused,” but likely wasn’t intentionally set, Battalion Chief Frank Rowe of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Monday.

One possibility is that a hiker accidentally started the blaze just east of Old Spenceville, the area of origin, setting fire to grass and oak, Rowe said.

Arson was ruled out, he added, because it would have been a significant hike to flee the area without getting caught.

The fire was reported at 2:20 p.m. and contained by 6 p.m.

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