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It’s unclear when investigators will be able to say what caused the Thomas Fire because these inquiries can take time.Capt. Stan Ziegler, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department, said Wednesday that firefighters initially responded to an area north of Steckel Park in Santa Paula, but it was not known whether that was the “area of origin” for the fire.Ziegler said he has been working the fast moving, wind whipped blaze since it ignited Monday evening. Since then, it has ballooned from its initial 50 acreestimate to at least 65,000 acres. The fire has displaced thousands of residents, destroyed at least 150 structures and temporarily closed schools and businesses throughout the region.Ziegler said investigators go to a fire’s area of origin when trying to determine its cause.”There’s a very wide consideration of what the conditions present when our investigators get on scene,” Ziegler said.Once investigators identify the area of origin, they may have a better idea of how the blaze started and its exact “point of origin.” In some cases, that has been as simple as a utility pole burning in grass, but in other instances, it’s not as obvious, Ziegler said.Ziegler said that when responding to fires, there are precautions that crews take to maintain evidence that could help investigators.”We have had what’s called awareness training so that at fire scenes, we don’t end up destroying evidence doing our job, so we’re aware of some of the things they look for,” the fire captain said.Fire investigations can also take longer if it is criminal in nature, he said. Those cases can take months and could include investigators from law enforcement agencies.Ziegler said he was not aware of whether a law enforcement agency was involved at this point, but he did see investigators with the Ventura County Fire Department working at the Thomas Fire’s command post.