GREEN FIRE 75% CONTAINED: WITNESSES RAISE QUESTIONS OVER HOW FIRE STARTED

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By Miriam Raftery

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

October 15, 2017 (Cuyamaca) -- The Green Fire is 75 percent contained at eight acres as of 10:30 a.m., Cal Fire reports.  The grass fire began yesterday afternoon near the Green Valley Falls campground area in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, not far from State Route 79.

A witness, who asked that his name not be published, told East County Magazine that he and his wife were hiking on the Harvey Moore Trail moments before the fire started and saw several people in the meadow.  Arriving at the parking lot and learning of the fire, the witness says the saw the people -- a couple and a third inidividual, get into an SUV and drive away.

The witness says he reported the observations to 911 and the Sheriff in multiple calls.

"It went up so quickly, it was scary," the witness said. 

A separate witness, who did  not list his or  her name, posed this message on Brush Fire Partyline:  " I was there... that's my Ford truck and trailer . We had just mounted up and there was a couple in the brush taking photos of the gal bc she was pregnant... we said congrats and went in our way. We came upon another couple later on trail whose truck is in front of mi e in the pic! They asked if we saw the pregnant couple taking photos.. we said yes . They said that couple lit off a blue flare of some sort to take a pic it was going to be a boy!!!! We told the authorities when we got back and they said they saw and interviews the couple at the scene but of course they didn't say anything about lighting the flare... cannot be 100% sure but I do t think it's a coincidence "

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