Bel Air fire caused by illegal cooking fire at encampment

We now know what caused the Skirball Fire in Bel Air. According to a press release from the Los Angeles Fire Department, the fire was caused by an illegal cooking fire at an encampment in a brush area next to where Sepulveda Boulevard crosses under the 405 freeway.

When the fire department arrived, there were no people in the area where the fire started and no arrests have yet to be made.

The Skirball Fire burned more than 400 acres, took down 6 homes and damaged another 12. As of today, the fire is 85% contained and 69 crew members are still working to reach 100% containment.

According to the National Park Service, about 90% of wildfires nationwide are human-caused.

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