Wildfire Started by Careless Smoking

Aug 17, 2012

MANNFORD, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say they've identified suspects in the wildfires that burned more than 90 square miles in Creek County.

Authorities believe the fires were sparked by a lit cigarette that was dropped on the ground. Tulsa television station KOTV reports  that investigators have identified three suspects in the case.

The fires destroyed more than 380 homes in the county. The sheriff's office says the investigation continues and that those responsible could face arson charges.

Authorities say investigators initially believed that the fires started on tribal land — meaning the Bureau of Indian Affairs would head up the investigation. But BIA says their investigation shows the fire started on private property.

No one has been arrested yet.


Information from: KOTV-TV, http://www.newson6.com