Investigators Found Starting Location of French Gulch Fire.

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Officials say the fire that destroyed 22 homes in the town of French Gulch and sent some three hundred residents fleeing originated near a road about two miles south of the Shasta County community. Department of Forestry Investigator, Chris Newton says the incident is being treated as a criminal matter and that three possibilities are being explored. NEWTON :09—Something hot that came off of a passing vehicle. That it could be a cigarette butt or some smoking material that someone discarded. Or that someone could intentionally set the fire. Because it’s a criminal investigation Newton says he’s not at liberty to discuss any physical evidence discovered at the point where the fire is believed to have started. The evacuees have returned to their homes and the three thousand firefighters on the scene have contained 50 percent of the blaze. A spokesman for the C-D-F says they expect to have the flames surrounded by Friday evening. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.