Target shooting started Shockey fire in San Diego County
Target shooting caused the Shockey fire that burned 2,556 acres in eastern San Diego County near the Mexican border and was responsible for the death of a resident in rural Boulevard, Cal Fire said Monday.
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.
--Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Troy Stewart, left, is consoled by his lifelong friend Dave Hendry as they walk through the ruins of Stewart's parents home in Campo on Sept. 24. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times