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Discharge of Firearms on Public Lands Sparked Detwiler Fire: Cal Fire

The Detwiler Fire that destroyed dozens of homes last month in a rural area of California near Yosemite National Park was caused by the discharge of firearms on public lands, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection investigators announced Friday.

A 2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

The blaze, first reported on July 16 in Mariposa County, burned 81,826 acres and destroyed 131 structures, Cal Fire said. As of Saturday, the fire is 97 percent contained.

Anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for starting the fire is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Hotline at 559-498-7867.

No other information was immediatley available.

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