Vehicle tow chain sparked small California fire
LOS ANGELES — Authorities said one of the smaller wildfires in Northern California was sparked accidentally by a vehicle tow chain dragging on the ground and was not arson.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said the driver had been towing a recently acquired trailer.
The office had opened an arson investigation into the wildfire near the community of Covelo, California, prompted by concerns from residents.
The fire destroyed a large amount of wooden fencing and threatened homes but no homes were lost. It is 100 percent contained.
Covelo is about 290 kilometers (180 miles north) of San Francisco.
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