Small Northern California fire sparked by flaming squirrel
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.
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