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Metal Sheet Ignited 1,500-Acre Silverado Brush Fire: Authorities

A metal sheet put up by a resident to keep out rodents was to blame in the fire that has been burning in the Cleveland National Forest since Friday



    Gardens Could Hide Fire Dangers

    Less than a week after a 1,000-acre fire torched the hillsides of Silverado Canyon, officials are warning residents in the area of the potentially hazardous materials that could be in their yards, including metal and glass, that could reflect off the sun and spark a fire. Vikki Vargas reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. from Silverado Canyon Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014)

    The four-day-old Silverado Fire, which has burned 1,500 acres, was apparently ignited by the sun reflecting off metal sheeting put up by someone trying to keep rodents out of a vegetable garden, a fire official said.

    The fire was started by pyrolytic decomposition. In this case, the metal sheeting around a vegetable garden to keep rodents out reflected the sun for so long it dried out the wooden base and caught fire.

    "At some point, when conditions were right, the comibnation of fuel, air, and heat -- we have ignition," said Jim Wilkens, a United States Forest Service spokesman.

    The fire broke out Friday about 10:30 a.m. in the 30500 block of Silverado Canyon Road. About 1,059 firefighters, with help from five helicopters making water drops, battled the fire, which blackened nearly 1,000 .

    Firefighters Begin to Gain Control of Silverado Fire

    [LA] Firefighters Begin to Gain Control of Silverado Fire
    The Silverado Fire was 10 percent contained and estimated at about 1,500 acres Saturday as temperatures were expected to reach the triple digits in the afternoon. Officials belive the fire originated from someone's backyard. Reggie Kumar reports live from Orange for Today in LA on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.By: Beth Slepp-Paz
    (Published Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014)

    Six firefighters were treated for heat-related injuries.

    The fire blackened a remote area on the western flanks of Santiago Peak, south of Corona.

    The fire was not a threat to any cross-mountain routes, firefighters said.

    Mandatory evacuations ordered for residents east of 30311 Silverado Canyon Road were lifted Sunday evening.

    Jonathan Graham is grateful his house was spared.

    But he's left wondering if his yard has any hidden fire hazards.

    Evacuations Still in Effect During Silverado Fire

    [LA] Evacuations Still in Effect During Silverado Fire
    Evacuations were still in effect during the Silverado fire, which had burned and estimated 1,500 acres. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 8 on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.
    (Published Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014)

    "Makes you double check about piles of trash ... anything that can produce heat," he said.

    Firefighters say anything that reflects light can act like a mirror, amplifying the sun's power in the wrong direction.

    It's why Jim Fainer said he stops whenever he sees a broken bottle.

    "If I'm hiking and I see broken glass, I'll pick it up and put it in my pocket," he said. "Because it can start a fire. And fires move really fast here."

    City News Service contributed to this report.

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