Jason Cowan
The Union Democrat

A vehicle fire parked in dry grass sparked the Marshes Fire, a press release from Cal Fire stated Wednesday morning.

An investigation found that a person driving on Marshes Flat Road Monday pulled over to “take a break.” The vehicle was parked on dry grass and sparked the fire shortly before noon. The press release said the driver tried to put out the fire by moving the vehicle. Attempts were “unsuccessful.”

The fire has burned 1,000 acres and was 30 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

Cal Fire spokesperson Nancy Longmore said the name of the driver has not been released.

She said it is unknown whether the driver will be charged for starting the fire.

Longmore said firefighters are working to contain the acreage. She said the fire is not “out” yet, but the spread has slowed significantly in the past 24 hours. She said the fire has only burned about 70 acres since Tuesday morning.

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