'Forest fires cannot melt steel beams': Deadly California disasters give birth to new conspiracy theory
The Camp Fire burns near Big Bend, California, U.S., November 10, 2018. Picture taken November 10, 2018. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

As wildfires continue to rage in California—raising the death toll to 58—a conspiracy theorist raised questions about whether laser weapons and public transportation were behind the deadly flames.


"I am seeing more and more videos of very strange irregularities regarding the California fires. In this video, single homes were burned down with no damage to neighboring homes," wrote Mike Tokes, a conservative political strategist, on Twitter.

"Can anyone explain this?" he wondered.

"Another highly unusual irregularity of the California fires is this steel and asphalt bridge was on fire and buckled," he said in a follow up Tweet.

"I have just spoken with a firefighter who said it would be "impossible" for a forest fire to create this kind of damage. #WoolseyFire"

Tokes then suggested that the fires might be linked to a nefarious plot involving public transportation.

He then introduced lasers into the theory.

He then wondered if fire could melt heavy metals.

Clarification: Tokes sent a statement disavowing QAnon, which this story originally referenced.