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Human activity likely sparked Hill Fire, investigators say

Posted at 10:27 AM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 13:39:55-05

UPDATE (10:15 a.m.) – Investigators say human activity is likely what sparked the Hill Fire last week in Ventura County and they’re asking anyone with information that may help them to come forward.

The fire burned 4,531 acres after breaking out November 8 in the Hill Canyon Trail area of Ventura County.

CAL FIRE says all potential causes other than human activity have been ruled out.

They are asking anyone who was in the Hill Canyon Trail area between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the day the fire started or who may have information on how it sparked to contact the CAL FIRE tip line at 1-800-468-4408. Callers can remain anonymous.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that helps investigators determine who is responsible for starting the fire, which is now fully contained.


(7:25 a.m.) – Firefighters have reached full containment on the Hill Fire burning in Ventura County.

The fire broke out on Nov. 8, the same day as the Woolsey Fire.

Firefighter released the final numbers Friday morning. In total, the Hill Fire burned 4,531 acres and destroyed four structures.

The Briggs Fire, also burning in Ventura County near the city of Santa Paula has burned 150 acres and is 90 percent contained Friday Morning.

No structures were damaged in the Briggs Fire.

The cause of both fires is under investigation.