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One Year Later: Cape Horn Fire cause not yet determined

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The Cape Horn fire destroyed multiple homes, and additional structures, and consumed more than 1300 acres. The Cape Horn fire destroyed multiple homes, and additional structures, and consumed more than 1300 acres.
BAYVIEW, Idaho -

It's been one year since the Cape Horn Fire in Bayview burned more than 1300 acres and destroyed several homes. 

On Friday, the Idaho Department of Lands released their report on the blaze, and we don't know much more than we did last year, in terms of a cause.

The report states that the incident began in the early morning hours of July 5, 2015 when a wind storm woke two women, who were camping on a small beach near Cape Horn for the weekend. The camper's small boat became swamped due to the high waves. About two hours after waking up from the storm, one of the women called 911 to inform the Sheriff's Office that their boat had been swamped but they were safe. 

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One of the campers told deputies she then decided to fire two signal flares to "see how they worked." They said one was a "dud" and was blown back to the shore. The other flare went high and into the lake. 

Arrangements were made to have the swamped boat recovered later that afternoon. 

While hiking that afternoon, the campers again called 911 to report a fire on the beach near her camp. Nearby boaters saw the fire and the women on the beach and were able to rescue them as the Bonner County Marine Patrol arrived. 

Investigators were able to determine an origin of the fire near the campsite where the women were staying. They ruled out lightning, campfire, smoking, debris burning, railroad, children and other miscellaneous causes. The report states that the fire is believed to be human caused. Originally it was thought that one of the flares fired by the campers was the cause, but once examined, the test results did not match chemicals or materials from a marine flare. 

The report concludes that the investigation is "continuing in nature." Officials say the exact cause and person responsible for starting the fire has not yet been determined. 

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