Sheet metal reflection cause of Southern California fire

Sep 15, 2014 4:30 PM by News Staff

CORONA, Calif. (AP) - Southern California fire officials say a wildfire that prompted evacuations over the weekend in the Cleveland National Forest was started by the sun's rays reflecting off sheet metal that edged a homeowner's backyard garden.

Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi says the 2-foot-tall metal fencing surrounded a vegetable garden and was intended to keep small rodents out.

Concialdi says the reflection off the sheet metal ignited a wooden border and nearby grass and then spread into Silverado Canyon.

Authorities lifted evacuation orders for 200 homes late Sunday and the fire is 80 percent contained Monday.

The fire started Friday and grew to 1½ square miles.

He says the homeowner will not be charged or fined for the accidental blaze.

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