Cave Fire Caused by Arson
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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