(AP) — Authorities say that a fire near Covelo was sparked accidentally by a vehicle tow chain dragging on the ground and was not arson.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said the driver had been towing a recently acquired trailer.
The office had opened an arson investigation into the wildfire near the community of Covelo prompted by concerns from residents.
The fire destroyed a large amount of wooden fencing and threatened homes but no homes were lost. It is 100 percent contained.