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Tue Aug 4, 2020, 12:29 AM

Vehicle malfunction sparked Southern California wildfire

Source: AP

BANNING, Calif. (AP) A wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles that has forced thousands of people from their homes was sparked by a malfunctioning diesel vehicle, fire officials said Monday.

The vehicle spewed burning carbon from its exhaust system, igniting several fires Friday on Oak Glen Road in Cherry Valley, and authorities were asking anyone who may have seen such a vehicle at the time to contact investigators, according to a statement from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The blaze in Riverside County, among several wildfires across California, had consumed more than 41 square miles (about 106 square kilometers) of dry brush and timber since it broke out Friday evening, fire officials said.

As of Monday afternoon, it was just 5% contained and the fire along with coronavirus precautions made for added stress at an evacuation center, said John Medina, an American Red Cross spokesman.



A brush fire burns at the Apple Fire in Banning, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)


Read more: https://apnews.com/59d270290a14c7eaa47848f50c4b74fc

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Omaha Steve Aug 4 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Aug 4 #1
El Mimbreno Aug 4 #5
obamanut2012 Aug 4 #6
C Moon Aug 4 #2
Hekate Aug 4 #3
B Stieg Aug 4 #4

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 12:32 AM

1. S'pose it could have been some Trumpist douchenozzle rolling coal?

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 11:08 AM

5. Entirely possible...

Friday evening, beered up and being obnoxious.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 11:23 AM

6. I had some moran do that to me once

In their huge dually pickup. The most ironic thing ever is that I was driving a diesel car.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 01:31 AM

2. The inland areas of So Cal are getting triple digit heat.

While the coastal areas have been below average for August. At one point, they were predicting this Thursday would have a high of 67 where I live (which is about 5 miles off the coast).

The Jet Stream must be doing weird things.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 01:49 AM

3. So damn many things can spark a wildfire when it's this dry: a shovel striking a rock, ...

...a dragging tailpipe. Damn. I hope all those people get home all right.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 03:20 AM

4. Thirty miles east of me...

and closing (?)

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