Cave Fire Caused by Arson

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Cave Fire (Photo: Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
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By edhat staff

Officials have determined the cause of the Cave Fire in 2019 to be arson.

Andrew Madsen, public affairs officer for the Los Padres National Forest, announced the official cause was arson, although no arrests have been made.

The Cave Fire began November 25, 2019 off E. Camino Cielo and Highway 154. It burned a total of 3,126 acres extending into the Los Padres National Forest.

Nearly 5,000 people were evacuated as strong winds pushed the fire towards mountain communities. 

It wasn't fully contained until December 15 after a light snowfall helped put it out.

No homes were lost and no one was injured.

Snowfall on Highway 154 helping to put out the Cave Fire (Photo: Mike Eliason)

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a-1606412060 Nov 26, 2020 09:34 AM
Cave Fire Caused by Arson

Thank God it forced me to come home in the middle of the night that night, ruined Thanksgiving and caused a major family problem, but everybody knows better about dealing with these arson fires and homeless encampment fires!

Artemisia Nov 26, 2020 10:12 AM
Cave Fire Caused by Arson

According to Noozhawk, Madsen said the fire was human-caused, but he did not affirm that it was arson. Still under investigation.

MountainMan4865 Nov 26, 2020 07:04 PM
Cave Fire Caused by Arson

KEYT, KSBY, and edhat are quoting him as saying it was arson. Would like to see where the actual statement from him is.

SouthCoastPhoto Nov 30, 2020 10:07 AM
Cave Fire Caused by Arson

What exactly are these "investigators" doing for a whole year before they come out and say, "yup, it was human caused...?" Seems like we could come to this conclusion ourselves in a few days to a week if we hear there are power lines down or not in the area and with no lightning or natural phenomenon in the area. How else it it going to be caused, spontaneous combustion? The fire agencies had to have passed somebody that saw something or knew something on their way to fight the fire, there's always plenty of people up there on Camino Cielo. Just surprised at the amount of information or lack thereof that they release about the investigations, what are they hiding?

a-1606871770 Dec 01, 2020 05:16 PM
Cave Fire Caused by Arson

You're right, they are deliberately trying to keep YOU in the dark. Or perhaps they didn't know you were so interested and couldn't find your contact info to forward any preliminary reports your way. Maybe it's Hillary from the basement of the infamous pizza joint who's doing it. Must check with QAnon for the real scoop.

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