As it turns out, a marijuana grow-op, is not responsible for the massive fire plaguing the Yosemite National Park in California. According to the Forest Service today, the fire was started by a hunter who “allowed illegal fire to escape,” reported ABC.
The hunter has not been identified and no arrests have been made, according to CNN.
The Forest Service determined yesterday that the rumor about a marijuana grow-op starting the fire is very unlikely.
“We do have problems with marijuana grow sites, but in this area it’s very difficult terrain,” said Jerry Snyder to SFGate.com, a Forest service spokesman who has worked in the area for 11 years.
The claim, triggered by a comment made by Twain Harte Fire Chief Todd McNeal permeated through social media, spurred the nationwide rumor.