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Small Northern California fire sparked by flaming squirrel

October 14, 2008 | 11:22 am

Yeah, you read that right -- a flaming squirrel. Here's the story from AP:

With southern California fighting wind-driven flames and spot fires breaking out across northern California, firefighters have fingered at least one arsonist: an unlucky squirrel.

Redding firefighters say the squirrel set off the blaze when it shorted out a power line, caught fire and dropped into dry vegetation.

Battalion Chief Gerry Gray says it took 18 firefighters and six fire engines to fight the fire that started behind a Redding restaurant.

The fire briefly threatened a home before it was contained Monday.

The lights in the area flickered but didn't go out. No word on what became of the squirrel.

-- Veronique de Turenne