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Forest Service probes wildfire response

October 1, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Station Fire is now the subject of a federal probe.The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday a review is under way to determine exactly why firefighters scaled back their efforts when flames initially broke out.

The Station Fire started small but soon raged out of control and ended up burning a total of 250 square miles or more than 160,000 acres, destroyed 89 homes and led to the deaths of two firefighters.

Outraged residents have been calling on the federal government to take a closer look at the initial response to the wildfire.

The U.S. Forest Service said the review will be of the way in which Forest Service officials worked with other agencies and how they all came to make the firefighting decisions they did.

Investigators believe the Station Fire, which broke out Aug. 26, was caused by arson.

It is currently 98 percent contained.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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