Natural Disasters

Forestry Official Says Calif. Wildfire Likely Not Due to Marijuana Operation

Could take months to determine source


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — A federal forestry official says it's unlikely a fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park started at an illegal marijuana grow site.

Jerry Snyder of the U.S Forest Service said Wednesday that the steep and inaccessible canyon where the Rim Fire started Aug. 17 doesn't have a water source that growers look for when they set up remote gardens.