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Kentucky Color - Point of Origin

Finding the cause of a fire is often readily apparent. Sometimes it's little bits of evidence casually tossed out by the perps
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

During my career as a wildland firefighter I had the need to know the cause of several hundred if not thousands of wildfires.

Often the key to determining the cause of each fire was to find the point of origin.


Many times after finding the point of origin the investigation could take days and, sometimes as seen in the accompanying photo of a collapsed utility pole cross member at Inroad, the cause could be readily determined.

I've investigated fires that were started by sunlight passing through glass, downed power lines, electric fences, car wrecks, spontaneous combustion, farm equipment, construction equipment, chain saws, lightning, cigarettes, matches, and of course many of these and more, either accidentally or intentionally set by the hand of man.

You probably won't find this cause listed on any fire reports but I've had several fires which were caused by Anheuser Busch, or at least I found a lot of evidence at many points of origin that led me to lean heavily toward that possibility.


This story was posted on 2012-03-20 05:36:22
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Kentucky Color: Point of Origin



2012-03-20 - Inroad, Fairplay Road, District 3, Adair County, KY - Photo By Billy Joe Fudge. Finding the cause of the fire: During my career as a wildland firefighter I had the need to know the cause of several hundred if not thousands of wildfires,"Often the key to determining the cause of each fire was to find the point of origin. Many times after finding the point of origin the investigation could take days and, sometimes as seen, above, of a collapsed utility pole cross member at Inroad, the cause could be readily determined." -BILLY JOE FUDGE
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