SACRAMENTO — A gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park was caused by an illegal fire set by a hunter, the US Forest Service said Thursday.
The agency said there is no indication the hunter was involved with illegal marijuana cultivation, which a local fire chief had speculated as the possible cause of the blaze.
No arrests have been made, and the hunter’s name was being withheld pending further investigation, according to the Forest Service.
Because of high fire danger across the region, the Forest Service had banned fires outside of developed camping areas more than a week before the fire started.
The Rim Fire has cost $81 million to fight.