A wildfire that blackened 65 acres and briefly threatened homes near an East County golf resort a week ago was sparked accidentally by prison workers taking part in training exercises, authorities reported today.
The blaze, which erupted behind a behind a U.S. Fish and Game Department gun range off Willow Glen Drive in the Dehesa area shortly before 1 p.m. last Friday, spread across rugged slopes near Singing Hills County Club for several hours before ground and airborne crews were able to contain it.
A resident suffered a minor burn injury and a firefighter was overcome with heat while battling the flames, according to Cal Fire. No structural damage was reported.
Authorities declined to specify the cause of the blaze, dubbed the Willow Fire, though early reports suggested that it was ignited by a "flash-bang" grenade of a type used by law enforcement personnel to subdue uncooperative suspects or inmates.
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