By Miriam Raftery
Photo by Nadin Abbott
April 26, 2014 (Mount Laguna) – Cal Fire and the federal government have not released reports on the official cause of the Chariot Fire, which scorched over 7,000 acres and destroyed more than 100 buildings including a historic lodge and the century-old Al Bahr Shrine Camp. Now attorney John Fiske, who represents fire victims, says he has filed a claim against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
“We’ve hired experts and we’ve done an investigation,” Fiske told ECM news partner 10 News. The results indicate that a BLM Jeep driven by a BLM driver started the fire in the desert, which swiftly engulfed Mount Laguna.
Neither the BLM nor Cal Fire responded to calls or e-mails, 10 News reported.
Don Wierman of the Al Bahr Shrine Camp, which has not been able to rebuild, concluded, “Every cabin was filled with memories –and every cabin is gone.”
Fiske has said that if officials don’t respond to his claim, he will file a lawsuit.