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Guiberson Fire Suspect: Spontaneously Combusted Manure, Yes, Manure [Updated]

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The investigation into the cause of the Guiberson Fire, now 6,000 acres in size, already has a preliminary suspect: spontaneously combusted manure. Ventura County Sheriff's Department authorities did not say if the manure was animal or plant based, but one Moorpark Councilman told Fox 11 News he was not surprised. "We have a large agricultural presence in Ventura County," he said.

[Update: Speaking to ABC7 on-air, Bill Nash of the Ventura Fire County Department said he does not feel comfortable releasing the cause of the fire as the investigation continues, despite a statement from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department regarding the manure cause.]

The fire began around 10:30 a.m. reportedly near Guiberson Road and Calumet Canyon Road in the Fillmore area. A number of evacuations are underway in neighborhoods in and between Moorpark and Fillmore in eastern Ventura County.

All Guiberson Fire coverage, including the latest, can be followed under the guibersonfire tag.