The enormous California wildfire near Yosemite National Park, which has blackened an area about the size of Chicago, might have been ignited by marijuana growers, according to one fire official.
Twain Harte Fire Chief Todd McNeal stated that the cause is still being investigated, but he suspects those growing the illegal drug may be responsible, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
“We don’t know the exact cause,” said McNeal. But the veteran firefighter of 23-years stated at a community meeting that it was “highly suspect that there might have been some sort of illicit grove, a marijuana-grow-type thing.”
McNeal has fought fires with the Forest Service, the National Park Service and other agencies in the Sierra Nevada.
The fire had reportedly burned 213,414 acres, making it the fifth largest wildfire in the state’s history. By Friday, it was 35 percent contained.