A spark caused when a mountain bike pedal scratched against a rock on the Lower Rock Creek Trail in Eastern California has been blamed for the 122-acre forest fire that followed in the area.
A statement posted on Wednesday on the Inyo National Forest Facebook claimed that fire investigators have determined the cause after looking into the blaze, which took place in the National Forest that reaches parts of California and Nevada.
The statement read: “The cause of the Rock Creek fire that started on August 5th has been determined. Investigators have concluded that the fire was started from a bicycle pedal strike to a rock. Conclusive evidence was found in the fire origin area that was on the Lower Rock Creek mountain bike trail. A fire ignition from this type of trigger is a testament to how dry the area is right now. All residents and visitors are asked to be extremely careful with anything that may cause a fire while you are out in the forest.”