Wildfire that destroyed 131 structures caused by gunfire

Here’s a story about a less common  but still destructive  effect of guns.

A raging wildfire last month near Yosemite National Park that left 131 structures destroyed was caused by gunfire, fire investigators said.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday that someone fired a gun on public lands, causing the fires that ravaged 63 homes.

The department is offering a $ 2,000 reward for information on the person who started the fire.

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The blaze, described then as “extreme and aggressive,” burned 127 square miles on July 16. It prompted evacuations in many areas including the town of Mariposa, reported CBS News.

As many as 3,000 firefighters from across California battled the fire that destroyed much of the historic gold rush-era town of Coulterville and nearby areas.

Yosemite National Park remained open during the massive blaze even as thick smoke clouded the views of its landmarks.

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