Investigators: Harding Fire was man-made |

Investigators: Harding Fire was man-made

Staff reportsInvestigators have concluded that the Harding Fire, which burnt 2,270 acres northeast of Sierraville in late August, was man-made. But that is were the investigation may end, said U.S. Forest Service special agent Craig Endicott.The fire began in a grass field alongside the eastern lane of Highway 49. Investigators ruled out a lightning strike or other natural causes.A fire investigator sent to the site turned up few clues to lead the Forest Service to a party who caused the fire.If no new leads come in on the investigation, the case on the cause of the fire will eventually close, said Endicott.

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