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Sorry, John McCain, Wallow Fire Suspects U.S. Citizens. Confirmed

Remember earlier this year when Arizona Senator John McCain said "there is substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally.

"They have set fires because they signal others, they have set fires to keep warm, and they have set fires in order to divert law enforcement agents and agencies from them," McCain said. "The answer to that part of the problem is to get a secure border."

That's right, seemingly referring to the Wallow fire John McCain blamed a forest fire on illegal immigrants -- and he's not even running for office.

Following McCain's comment, remember when he then offered absolutely no evidence to backup his claim that illegal immigrants were to blame for the largest wildfire in Arizona history?

That happened, and there's a reason: illegal immigrants didn't start the fire -- a couple of white guys named Caleb and David Malboeuf, cousins, are suspected of starting the blaze.

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The Department of Justice confirms to New Times that both Malboeufs are U.S. citizens -- they live in the Flagstaff area.

Just for kicks, below you can watch McCain put on his serious face and blame illegal immigrants for a forest fire:

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