US Sheriff Says Campers Burning Poo in a Hole Started 500-Plus Acre Fire

By Jennings Brown on at

Two campers are to blame for a fire that has consumed more than 500 acres in Voltaire Canyon in the US state of Nevada as of Wednesday night, according to Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong.

Furlong said the campers were burning poo in a hole, reports the Reno Gazette Journal. They have been detained by the sheriff’s deputies.

The sheriff’s office and a Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest spokesperson did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s requests for more information on why these campers were burning poo in a hole. And I can think of no reason why someone would need to burn poo in a hole.

The fire began around 7:30 on Tuesday night. Firefighters battled the fire overnight and all day Wednesday. Some residents in the vicinity voluntarily evacuated, but as of Wednesday night, Furlong was optimistic. “We really don’t believe that there is significant fuel to get to those houses,” Furlong told the Journal. “But that’s a challenge right now because it’s night time and it’s become pretty large.”

The Sheriff did estimate at the time that the fire was three-quarters of a mile from Casino Fandago, the Carson City hotel and casino.

As of Wednesday night, the fire was at 30 per cent containment, according to the Incident Information System.

Next time you’re camping, remember: Poo makes better fertiliser than fuel. [Reno Gazette Journal]

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