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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 01:11 PM

90,000+ acre County Fire in Napa-Yolo area blamed on faulty electric fence

California’s largest active wildfire, which has prompted hundreds of evacuations in Napa and Yolo counties and rekindled terrifying memories of last year’s Wine Country blazes, was caused by an improperly installed electric fence, state officials said Wednesday.

The owner of the property in the rural Yolo County community of Guinda was cited for illegally starting the County Fire, which began June 30. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials did not release the property owner’s name or elaborate on what went wrong with the fence.

“It was an electric livestock fence unit. I don’t know what livestock it was for,” said Will Powers, a firefighting prevention specialist for Cal Fire.

MORE: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/County-Fire-in-Napa-Yolo-counties-blamed-on-13067248.php#photo-15809743

I've read that 2017's wine country fires (Tubbs, Atlas, etc.) alone more than wiped out ten years of reduced carbon efforts by the state. One yahoo with an improperly installed electric fence just wiped out several more.



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