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USFS: Hunter Caused Huge Wildfire Near Yosemite

  A firefighter uses a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire on Aug 24 near Groveland, Calif. (Justin Sullivan , Getty Images)
A firefighter uses a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire on Aug 24 near Groveland, Calif. (Justin Sullivan , Getty Images)
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Updated: 9/05/2013 10:14 am
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says a gigantic wildfire near Yosemite National Park began when a hunter allowed an illegal fire to escape.
 
      The Forest Service said Thursday there is no indication the hunter was involved with illegal marijuana cultivation, which a local fire chief had speculated as the possible cause of blaze.
 
      No arrests have been made, and the hunter's name is being withheld pending further investigation.
 
      The Rim Fire began on Aug. 17 and threatened thousands of homes. It is now 80 percent contained.

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