Gunfire caused destructive Detwiler Fire near Yosemite National Park |

Gunfire caused destructive Detwiler Fire near Yosemite National Park

AP and Tribune staff
Flames rise behind a vacant house as a firefighter works to halt the Detwiler wildfire near Mariposa, Calif., on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. As wildfires rage throughout the western U.S., one California blaze in the rugged mountains outside of Yosemite National Park forced thousands of nearby residents to flee their homes.
AP Photo/Noah Berger
MARIPOSA, Calif. — Fire investigators say gunfire caused a wildfire near Yosemite National Park that destroyed 131 structures, including 63 homes, last month.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday that a gun fired on public lands caused the wildfire that burned 127 square miles (331 square kilometers) on July 16.

The fire, which prompted evacuations in several areas including the town of Mariposa, destroyed 63 homes and 67 other buildings.

CalFire is offering a $2,000 reward for information about the person responsible for starting the fire.

Public land managers in California and Nevada have moved to implement temporary shooting bans in national forests as conditions become increasingly dry on the heels of big winter.

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