Investigators: Sparks from saw started California fire

Two men are issued misdemeanor citations for using mechanized equipment and inadvertently starting 1,600-acre blaze


Associated Press
August 2, 2010 10:30PM (UTC)

Two men who were cutting pipe have been cited for inadvertently causing a wildfire in Kern County that destroyed 23 residences and 41 outbuildings.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the pair were using a mechanical saw on July 26 when sparks set nearby brush on fire. The blaze grew into more than 1,600 acres near Tehachapi.

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The state agency says 47-year-old Daniel Gentle and 23-year-old Michael Kulikoff were issued misdemeanor citations for causing a fire using mechanized equipment.

Agency spokesman John Buchanan didn't know the penalty for conviction.

The Bakersfield Californian located a woman who said she was Gentle's stepmother, but she had no comment.

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Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, http://www.bakersfield.com


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