Arson Being Investigated as Possible Cause of Wildfires in California

The skeleton shell of a home is engulfed in flames, May 15, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif. (AP Photo)
The skeleton shell of a home is engulfed in flames, May 15, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif. (AP Photo)

Calmer winds and cooler temperatures are aiding firefighters battling blazes in Southern California today, with arson being investigated as a possible cause.

But the fires continue to burn, with at least one person dead and more than 10,000 acres scorched. Conditions remain problematic, as the entire state is experiencing drought conditions, leaving dry brush to fuel the flames.

It’s unclear how many houses have been damaged. Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fires.

“We all have suspicions like the public does when we have nine fires that started all over the county,” San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said. “We are actively investigating the start of those fires.”

A 19-year-old and 17-year-old were arrested Thursday, accused of starting a pair of smaller fires in Escondido. But authorities say those fires were quickly extinguished, and authorities don’t believe there is any connection to the larger fires that remain burning.

Firefighters found a body in a transient camp Thursday. The body was so badly burned that officials have been unable to make a positive identification.

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SOURCE: ABC News

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