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Cal-Fire revises Shockey fire cause; may not be target shooting

Shockey fire
Cal-Fire has withdrawn its assertion that the Shockey fire in eastern San Diego County was caused by target shooting.

A new statement says that while investigators have determined that the origin of the fire was in an area where target shooting is common, no determination has been made about the cause of the fire that burned 2,556 acres and was responsible for the death of a resident in his home in rural Boulevard.

The earlier statement was widely reported in Southern California media.

The fire erupted Sept. 23 east of Campo on the Campo Indian Reservation and destroyed 11 homes, 14 out-buildings and 11 vehicles before nearly 1,000 firefighters were able to bring it under control five days later.

Carson Jay Robison, 69, was killed by smoke inhalation after he refused to heed orders to evacuate his home. His charred remains were identified by dental X-rays, according to the county medical examiner.

The fire's origin was on the Shockey Truck Trail. Anyone with information about target shooting in the area is asked to call (800) 468-4408.

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Photo: Smoke fills the sky as a spot fire erupts ahead of a ground crew trying to control the Shockey fire last month near Campo. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times.

 
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