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Investigators Find Cigarette Butt Near Vegetation Fire Near Half Moon Bay

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An investigation into a vegetation fire along state Highway 92 near Half Moon Bay Friday afternoon turned up “an unusually large number of discarded cigarette butts,” Cal Fire officials said today. The blaze was reported around 4:20 p.m. in the 12000 block of Highway 92 east of Half Moon Bay, according to Cal Fire. Crews were able to control the fire within an hour after it burned less than an acre of vegetation, including a eucalyptus and pine tree grove. No injuries were reported and no structures threatened. Fire officials said investigators found a sizable number of discarded cigarette butts, including some with ash still attached, along the roadway at the scene of the fire. Cal Fire is reminding the public that tossing cigarette butts along the road – especially lit cigarettes – is illegal and will result in a citation and possibly liability for firefighting costs.

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