Investigators determine the cause of the Grade Fire

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The Grade Fire burns near Yreka, California. August 24, 2016

Yreka, Calif. – Cal Fire has determined the cause of the wildland fire that burned 710 acres and destroyed five residences two miles north of Yreka on August 24.

According to Cal Fire, the Grade Fire was caused by an arc from an electrical extension cord which ignited dry grass.

The Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office determined that criminal charges were not warranted.

Cal Fire Siskiyou Unit Chief Phil Anzo said, “95% of all wildland fires are human caused.  California is now in the critical period of fire season. Remember, ‘One less spark – one less wildfire.’.”

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