Possible marijuana link to massive California wildfire
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AFP) - Investigators probing the massive wildfire in Yosemite National Park are looking into whether an illegal marijuana farm may have triggered the blaze, US media reports said Saturday.
As the vast wildfire continued to rage in the iconic Californian tourist destination, several reports quoted a local fire chief who suggested marijuana growers may be to blame.
Todd McNeal, a fire chief in Twain Harte, one of the towns affected by the 88,630ha inferno, said investigators had not pinpointed the cause of the blaze. "We don't know the exact cause," McNeal was quoted as telling a community meeting.
However, he added it was "highly suspect that there might have been some sort of illicit grove, a marijuana-grow-type thing."