The Latest: Burned body found at California fire scene


SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

10 p.m.

Authorities say a burned body has been found at the scene of a wildfire that’s threatening 1,500 homes north of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Rob Hahnlein says the body was reported shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday outside a home on Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.

He says the home also may have burned.

Detectives will try to determine whether the person died from the fire or from other causes.

The area is among those ordered evacuated because of a wildfire that has blackened more than 31 square miles of brush and continues to rage in canyons and ranchlands.

Fire officials say some buildings have burned, but it’s not clear whether they were homes, garages or outbuildings.

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12:40 p.m.

A fire official says a big wildfire in mountains just north of Los Angeles and its suburbs is a threat to 1,000 homes.

Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief says a wind shift is expected Saturday afternoon and communities have been put on alert.

Tripp says that in the event of extreme fire behavior 45,000 homes could be threatened, largely in the San Fernando Valley.

The fire erupted Friday afternoon in the city of Santa Clarita and spread southeastward into the Angeles National Forest, scorching more than 17 square miles.

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11:40 a.m.

A wildfire burning in the mountainous Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles has grown to more than 17 square miles.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy says the fire is only 10 percent contained Saturday.

Judy says the Wildlife Waystation, a private sanctuary for rescued exotic animals, is being evacuated.

The Wildlife Waystation has about 400 animals on 160 acres within the national forest.

Its Facebook page is appealing for flatbed and enclosed trucks as well as an air-conditioned warehouse to keep the animals cool.

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This story has been corrected to say in the summary and ext. headline that fire has doubled in size.

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10 a.m.

A forest fire burning near Big Sur on California’s scenic Central Coast has nearly doubled in size to almost 3 square miles.

The state forestry department says the blaze is a threat to 1,000 homes and the Monterey County community of Palo Colorado has been ordered evacuated.

The fire erupted Friday in almost inaccessible terrain 5 miles south of Garrapata State Park.

Another wildfire burning north of Los Angeles has grown to more than 8½ square miles and there’s zero containment.

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8:50 a.m.

A wildfire burning in wilderness north of Los Angeles expanded significantly overnight to more than 8½ square miles.

Much of the sky over greater Los Angeles is filled with heavy smoke Saturday morning and ash has fallen in some areas.

Authorities have issued an advisory warning that air quality may reach unhealthy levels in central Los Angeles and adjacent valleys.

The fire erupted Friday afternoon in the Sand Canyon area near State Route 14 as the region was gripped by triple-digit heat and very low humidity levels. Some 300 homes have been ordered evacuated.

The blaze is being battled by 300 firefighters from Los Angeles County and the Angeles National Forest as well as a fleet of helicopters and airplanes.

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