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Chimney Fire sparked by car igniting dry grass

Cal Fire investigators determined the cause of the 2016 Chimney Fire to be a vehicle that ignited dry grasses adjacent to a dirt road near Running Deer Road and Chimney Rock Road, south of Lake Nacimiento.

The Chimney Fire, which began on Aug. 23, scorched 46,343 acres and lasted nearly a month. It destroyed 49 homes and 21 other structures. Over 3,943 firefighters battled the blaze at its peak, which included 310 fire engines, 66 water tenders, 14 helicopters, 4 airtankers, 109 hand crews, and 45 bulldozers.

The fire was fully contained on September 6, 2016.

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