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Bobcat Runs Up Power Pole, Goes Aflame, Starts Brush Fire

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Last week it was an Orange County golfer who sparked a fire last week when he swung, hitting a rock and sparking a 25-acre blaze. And yesterday it was a bobcat that ignited a five acre fire in the small town of Piru, east of Santa Clarita. “It looked like he was climbing up a pole to chase an owl or another bird,” Capt. Dan Preston told the Ventura County Star. "The animal apparently hit the power wires, caught on fire and fell to the ground, Preston said. That ignited the brush." The bobcat did not survive.