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Burned Body Found As California Wildfire Triples in Size

Jul 28, 2016 07:41 AM EDT

A body of a dead man was found in a burned sedan parked in Santa Clarita, a town north of Los Angeles, The Guardian reported.

The wildfire has been causing trouble in the town since last week.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Rob Hahnlein told ABC News that the body was found on Saturday in Iron Canyon Road, an area that was ordered to be evacuated because of wildfire threat.

A resident of Santa Clarita told KTLA 5 News that the man was separated from his significant other and that their home already burned down.

In a statement, Hahnlein said they are already conducting investigation to figure out whether the body was a wildfire casualty or a victim of homicide.

According to reports, two wildfires have been raging across California since Friday. A so-called "Sand Fire" burned 34 square miles near the city of Santa Clarita, while the other spread 16 square miles across the Big Sur region. At least 18 homes had been destroyed and thousands more are threatened.

As soaring high temperatures and erratic winds continued, the Sand Fire has tripled in size on Monday, extending beyond 33,000 acres. Only 10 percent of it was controlled.

A recent report by NBC News said as of now, about 20,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes as 3,000 firefighting personnel fight to control the blazing fire.

Drought-stricken California has been battling with wildfires since May. Droughts can last for a decade or more. Due to climate change, the risk of having droughts is doubled today.

Succeeding big wildfires in June officially marked the start of an intense wildfire spread for this year in California. It was the same month when a raging wildfire in Central California has killed two elderly people. Their bodies were found inside their burned house.

Officers said California may see more burned bodies as fire continues to devour the dry bushes of the state.

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