Poinsettia Fire likely sparked by golfer

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CARLSBAD, Calif. — The chief fire investigator looking into the cause of the Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad told the UT San Diego that he believes the fire was started by a golfer.

The Poinsettia Fire sparked brush on May 14, scorched more than 600 acres and destroyed 27 structures on May 14.

Fire investigators discovered the ignition point was isolated to a spot just beyond the Omni La Costa Resort golf course cart path – near the seventh hole.

The fire investigator said they ruled out natural causes and arson, but said the only possibilities are a discarded cigarette/cigar butt or a golf club.

Investigators did not find any cigarette butts where the fire started, leading them to believe it was the golf club.

In recent times, two fires in Orange County were started by titanium clubs hitting concrete, rocks or gravel.

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