[meteorite-list] Wildfire Cluster Probed

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:48:11 2004
Message-ID: <200110091538.IAA12595_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

Apparently, the firefighters have been misinformed about meteors.
Meteors don't ignite fires on the ground.

Ron Baalke


Maybe it was meteors: Wildfire cluster probed
By Electa Draper
Denver Post

Tuesday, October 09, 2001 - PAGOSA SPRINGS - Firefighters are investigating
whether a meteor shower ignited a strange cluster of wildland fires across 4
miles in the Cat Creek Road area the night of Sept. 25.

Up to 18 small fires erupted around 7:30 that night. The Pagosa Springs Fire
Protection District extinguished the small blazes and had them mopped up by
early the next morning. In four or five cases, area residents were the first
to douse flames since they were threatening their homes, officials said.

District officials don't suspect arson, believing instead that some sort of
natural event ignited the blazes, firefighter David Vega said. Crews used
metal detectors last week to try to find bits of any unusual elements in the
area of the burns. So far they have come up empty-handed.

Officials are asking anyone with information regarding the fires to call
Received on Tue 09 Oct 2001 11:38:45 AM PDT

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