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Officials Suspect Arson in Joshua Tree NP Fire

The 2.5-acre blaze badly damaged the historic Oasis of Mara.

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Park officials are investigating a Monday night fire at Joshua Tree National Park as arson. The 2.5-acre blaze, located just behind the park’s visitor center, significantly damaged the historic Oasis of Mara landmark, affecting palm trees, wildlife, and potentially, archeological resources.