California fire in Bel-Air traced to illegal cooking at homeless camp, officials say


An illegal cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked a wildfire in Bel-Air last week, authorities said Tuesday.

The Skirball fire erupted last Wednesday, burning more than 400 acres, destroying six structures and damaging 12 others. It is now 85 percent contained, with nearly 70 firefighters still working for full containment, officials told the Los Angeles Times.

Meanwhile, the Thomas fire, which has become the fifth-largest wildfire in California history, was still burning. The blaze has destroyed more than 800 structures, damaged over 180 others, while burning 236,000 acres, as of Tuesday, according to the Times.

A total of six fires flared in Southern California last week, driven by fierce winds.

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