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Officials Determine Cause Of Rocky Fire

Cal Fire PIO Berlant / Twitter

The Rocky Fire burning in Lake County Wednesday afternoon, July 29, 2015.

Cal Fire PIO Berlant / Twitter

Cal Fire officials say they've determined the cause of the destructive Rocky Fire, which burned tens of thousands of acres in Napa and Lake counties.

They say the blaze was sparked by a faulty water heater in an outbuilding in Clearlake.

The Rocky Fire scorched nearly 70,000 acres and destroyed 43 homes. 

Cal Fire says while the water heater is the cause, the circumstances surrounding the fire are still under investigation.

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Ed Joyce

Former All Things Considered Anchor & Reporter

Ed Joyce is a former reporter and All Things Considered news anchor at Capital Public Radio. Ed is a veteran journalist with experience in a variety of news positions across all media platforms, including radio, television, web and print.   Read Full Bio