Homeless ‘Illegal Cooking’ Caused Skirball Fire in Bel Air | Dec 12 2017

Cause of Skirball fire was ‘illegal cooking’ in homeless camp, LAFD says

|| LA Daily News

“An illegal cooking fire at a homeless encampment was determined to be the cause of the Skirball fire, which began last week, authorities said Tuesday.

The illegal cooking occurred just before 5 a.m. Dec. 6 in a brush area adjacent to where Sepulveda Boulevard crosses under the 405 Freeway, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The LAFD’s Arson-County-Terrorism Section investigated the fire and the results were released via email Tuesday afternoon.

“At the time of the LAFD’s arrival there were no individuals present at the area of origin,” LAFD spokesman Peter Sanders said in the release.

No arrests have been made in connection to the blaze.

The Skirball fire has burned 422 acres, destroyed six homes and damaged 12 others in the Bel-Air community.

The fire is 85 percent contained with 69 fire personnel remaining on scene to achieve 100 percent containment, fire officials said.

According to the National Park Service, about 90 percent of wildfires nationwide are human-caused.”

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