Bobby Kitchens, the public information officer with the Forest Service said that the cause was determined after investigators discovered a circle of rocks near where the fire began.
“People should really be careful with fire,” Kitchens said. “Even though we’ve had rain, it still comes up pretty quick.”
Saturday’s weather, including cloud cover and light rain, helped to slow the spread of the fire, which Kitchens does not expect to burn past 566 acres. The burn had reached 523 acres by Saturday afternoon.
Kitchens said 60 firefighters and support staff aided in Saturday’s efforts and two bulldozers, a helicopter and a fire engine were also available.
Kitchens said that on Saturday, workers began work on returning the land to the way it looked before the fire began.
“The main thing we’re doing today is putting out any fire close to the fire line and fire suppression repair,” Kitchens said.
Mary Humphries, a wilderness ranger with the Forest Service, said suppression efforts Saturday included removing snags, which are trees that had been burned at the bottom, from the hiking trails to prevent them from collapsing.
Crews also began efforts to return any pathways cleared for firefighters to their original forms to stop hikers from mistaking them for additional trails.
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