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Golf Shot Sparks Huge California Wildfire

Wildfires are nothing new to Southern California, but the way the latest one started was a first. Instead of a stray cigarette, or lightning, or arson, this one was started by a golf ball.

According to a report on Yahoo Sports, a golfer hit a ball into the rough at the Shady Canyon Golf Course in Irvine, California over the weekend. The ball hit a rock. The impact caused a spark, and that set off a fire that eventually covered 25 acres, according to course general manager Steven Buck.

150 Orange County firefighters were needed to put the fire out. Helicopters were also used in the battle.

The golfer's name is being withheld and no charges are going to be filed.


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