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Cause of Guiberson Fire, Still 40% Contained, May be Connected to a Series of Suspicious Fires

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A small fire in Fillmore last June | Photo by biofriendly via Flickr

A small fire in Fillmore last June | Photo by biofriendly via Flickr
Although the Guiberson Fire's cause was preliminary announced as spontaneous combusting manure by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, fire officials kept mum about such talk until their investigation completed.

Why? Perhaps, this.

"Some property owners in the area said there has been a series of suspicious fires in the area over the past nine months, including one Monday night in the same vicinity as the current blaze," reported the Ventura County Star.

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Add to that: One goat rancher told the paper that he found one of his goats' head hanging on a gate last week. That fire last Monday was apparently on the same goat rancher's property, according to neighbors, although the rancher said he was not aware the fire department responded to his property.

The Guiberson Fire began Monday morning around 10:30 a.m., already scorching some 16,400 acres and threatening 75 homes as of this morning between Moorpark and Fillmore, where the fire began. Firefighters have fire containment held at 40 percent.