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California fire in the Bel-Air is reduced to illegal cooking for the homeless camp, officials say

The Skirball fire influence Bel-Air is one of the six fire that broke out in Southern California the past week.

(Associated Press)

An illegal cooking fire at a homeless camp led to a wildfire in Bel-Air last week, authorities said Tuesday.

The Skirball fire broke out last Wednesday, burning more than 400 acres, destroying six structures and damaging 12 others. It is now 85 percent contained, with nearly 70 firefighters are still working for full containment, officials told the Los Angeles Times.

Meanwhile, the Thomas brand, which has become the fifth largest wildfire in California history was still burning. The fire destroyed more than 800 structures damaged more than 180 others, while the burning of 236,000 hectares, of Tuesday, according to the Times.

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A total of six fires blazed in Southern California last week, driven by heavy winds.

The camp was in a canyon, a few hundred yards from the Interstate 405 and hidden from passing cars, the times reported.

The fire was not deliberately set, investigators told the newspaper. They have not found any of the people who lived there, as the camp was largely destroyed, leaving the officials with little evidence. The Los Angeles Fire department found no suspects, and the size of the camp before the fire was unclear, the report said.

The remains of the site, which included a burn-portable gas stove, pot, cheese grater, and a fuel tank, according to the newspaper. The camp was one of the many makeshift communities that have developed along highways, rivers, and open spaces in Los Angeles.

Paul Koretz, Los Angeles city council member whose district includes Bel-Air, told the Times that this “makes a tragedy even more tragic.”

“The saddest thing is that we have so many homeless people,” he said. “And they are everywhere in the city. And that sometimes leads to serious problems.”

People are usually the cause of the fires in Southern California, by means of springs, such as automobile accidents, defective equipment, cigarette butts or camping fires, officials said at the Time.

Ninety percent of wildfires nationwide are caused by humans, the Los Angeles Daily News reported, citing the National Park Service.

Causes had not yet been determined for the Creek, Rye and Lila burn, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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