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Illegal immigrants sparked large brush fire, authorities say

 

A fire that blackened nearly 900 acres in San Diego County was caused by illegal immigrants who were apparently lost and set off a signal fire.

The Cowboy Fire did not burn any homes or cause injuries. More than 1,300 firefighters battled Friday's blaze.

Authorities said they were still trying to find those who sparked the blaze. The illegal immigrants had called Mexican officials "and advised them that they had been lost for two days, were stranded, dehydrated and were going to light a signal fire to attempt to get some help,'' Cal Fire spokeswoman Roxanne Provaznik told Fox 5 San Diego.

"Investigators from Cal Fire and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service determined that there was evidence near the area of origin [of the blaze] of illegal aliens traveling through that area, which supports this report," she added.

The fire is now 50% contained.

-- Shelby Grad

[Updated: An earlier version of this post incorrectly called it the Campos Fire. The fire is near Campos but is named the Cowboy Fire.]

 
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I cannot believe that the LA Times would actually blame an ILLEGAL for anything.

Count to xenophobic commentary in 3...2...1....

The US should do what Israel has done on its borders: 24 hour manned video surveillance, with remote control machine guns to spray any location where attempts to illegally enter the country are made.

At least it was ILLEGALS and NOT teenage WHITE boys smoking pot who started it this time. |Were the illegals Chinese, Armenian, Canadian, etc?

DEMOCRATS SELLING OUT AMERICA TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

The real story is not the brush fire caused by illegal aliens, but the intentional strategy by democrats to flood America with illegal aliens.
Why, these illiterate, unskilled, very poor people will need lots of services:

Title 8 Housing
Title #1 Schools
Welfare
Food Stamps
Medicaid
Phone Subsidies
Electric Subsidies
Gas Subsidies

Democrats promise US Citizenship to illegals so they will vote democrat for the next 100 years.

Democrats selling out their own country!

NOW THIS IS THE MENTALITY OF THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THAT POUR INTO CALIFORNIA...GET LOST WHY NOT START A FIRE SO EVERYONE CAN FIND YOU OR LETS START A FIRE SO WE CAN SEE WHERE THE HELL WE ARE GOING...OR LETS START A FIRE SO WHEN THE FIRE CREWS ARRIVE WE CAN ASK THEM WHICH WAY TO L.A.? OR MAYBE HITCH A RIDE

Illegal aliens, so people have no human meaning anymore...Remember when white people owned slaves what happened to the roots of America someday we'll get our wish America. Let's make it a fair fight corporate America start with nothing no gain from slaves and illegal and will see who's harder working. Give me a break people Wall Street almost made Lady Liberty give favors for money to pay for their mistakes! America! America!

Last week it was a white, middle-aged golfer who accidentally started a fire. I think we'd be better off getting rid of all those, first.

Pwee is an indocrinated liberal, he doesn't understand the English language. Illegal alien doesn't imply inhuman. Its just a term for an alien that has come here illegaly. We also have authorized aliens called registered aliens (green cards and visas).

Then he compares the plight of illegals with slavery. What? Idiots are braving the desert and crossing our border to become slaves. If Pwee is right then Mexicans would have to be pretty stupid to volunteer to be a slave.

I think illegals are more like union busting scabs. Scabs cross a picket line and take union workers jobs at a lesser wage and drive wages down. Illegals do the same thing but on a national scale. They also violate our borders and labor laws, they are not blameless they are the ultimate job taking Scabs.

What a bunch of nonsense. There are so many holes in this story I don't even know where to begin. Lets start with the wilderness phone call to another country.... No, forget it lets start with "I'm an illegal alien calling in"... No, lets go with ....you know what? Its just not worth it.

not sure where you got that one witman, but it isn't true.


why don't you geniuses in california just draw arrows in the ground and trees and leave water out for the illegal pedros? then pass a law requiring citizens to house them in their own homes, feed them, educate/medicate them, and pay them a stipend just for staying with you? I mean come on, its human rights people! there have rights! to our country...

Hairy Carrion sees nothing wrong with invaders coming into our country, trespassing, and then destruction of property by lighting a fire, then calling officials in Mexico to send someone to help them. Is their a brain inside your skull Hairy?

"The US should do what Israel has done on its borders: 24 hour manned video surveillance, with remote control machine guns to spray any location where attempts to illegally enter the country are made."

OK - Israel is able to pay for these kinds of things because the USA ships them billions of dollars by the boatload. Who's going to ship us the money to do that? Or maybe we could pay for the system by cutting taxes again...

Just send the firefighting bill to Obama. He's all for the illegals coming here.

Wait - it's now clear that envronmentalists caused the Deepwater Horizon in order to paint the drilling industry as a evildoer.. so this must be some TP types setting fires and making calls to the foreign power to setup migrants as evildoers.

Hairy Carrion sees no problem with invaders setting the country ablaze. Alice Peters is a cracked out hood rat. Hector Hernandez thinks its a non-story. Looks like I walked into the dull tool shed.

Alice, you're funny!;-)

To quote a line in a famous song: "It's no fun being an illegal alien"

Amazing, a phone booth in the wilderness...

Story reads like this: ( Authorities said they were still trying to find those who sparked the blaze) So before they even find out who started the blaze they already know...huh?

Story reads like this: ( Authorities said they were still trying to find those who sparked the blaze) So before they even find out who started the blaze they already know...huh?

I guess this is what they mean by a grease fire.

vile filthy mexicaaan dogs

sal commented

"...OK - Israel is able to pay for these kinds of things because the USA ships them billions of dollars by the boatload..."

Incorrect.

Israel receives approx US$3 b / annum in loan guarantees - not aid.
The loan guarantees are used in large part to purchase arms from American companies - and that money goes right back to the USA, with interest.
Israel also uses the money to develop high tech industries, which again, flow right back to the USA in the form of investment, technology, and intellectual resources. The net gain from its loans to Israel is to the US's benefit: Say what you will about the Israeli-Arab situation, but Israel is a good country to do business with.

Cara D wrote:

"...Were the illegals Chinese, Armenian, Canadian, etc?"


That's right Cara, tens of thousands of Canadians fly to Mexico each year and sneak across the border, because we don't have college degrees, or job skills, or funding, to get hired, or start businesses that pay taxes and employ Americans.
Not to mention, we really stand out in a crowd of average anglo Americans, except in Minnesota, so we gotta sneak in, yah know, eh?

'tard

 
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