UPDATE: Burned body found in Southern California fires

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Firefighters working on Southern California wildfires have found a badly burned body in a transient camp.

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SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters working on Southern California wildfires have found a badly burned body in a transient camp.

The city of Carlsbad said the body was found Thursday while firefighters were checking hotspots on a fire that began a day earlier. The city says it had no information about person who died.

It appears to be the first fatality in fires throughout the San Diego region that have destroyed eight homes, an 18-unit apartment complex and two businesses.

The body was found shortly before all evacuation orders were lifted in Carlsbad, a city of 110,000 people 30 miles north of San Diego.


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One of nine fires burning in San Diego County, California, suddenly roared Thursday afternoon, moving closer to homes.

The flare-up of the fire near San Marcos prompted Sheriff Bill Gore to order more than 13,000 new evacuation notices in addition to more than 20,000 orders issued Wednesday.

CalFire Division Chief Dave Allen says the flare-up in San Marcos ran up a slope in a heavily vegetated area but with no wind on it. He said the fire has "created its own weather pattern."

State fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said the fire was running east along hillsides behind California State University San Marcos.

The fires have destroyed eight houses, an 18-unit condominium complex and two businesses and burned more than 15 square miles, causing more than $20 million in damage so far.


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