A huge Oregon wildfire was sparked by a lawnmower, and the person responsible could be on the hook for millions of dollars, fire commanders said Thursday.
The Stouts Creek fire started July 30 on the outskirts of Umpqua National Forest east of Canyonville. So far, it has chewed through 23,841 acres, threatening 158 homes, and was 63 percent contained Thursday, the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center said.
Full containment isn’t expected until Aug. 22 at the earliest, the agency said.
Investigators declared the fire to be “human caused” Thursday, saying it appeared to be “related to an individual mowing grass” during prohibited hours.
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SOURCE: NBC News, M. Alex Johnson