- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California fire officials say a body has been found in the area charred by a Northern California wildfire that has been burning since Friday.

The state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday that the body was found near a home north of Platina Road in Shasta County. That’s near where officials say the 17-square-mile blaze was started by an alleged marijuana grower who drove his truck over dry grass.

Authorities say it looks like the victim was trying to flee the fire. No other details about the victim were immediately available.

The fire is 47 percent contained and has resulted in 13 minor injuries. A Sacramento man has been arrested and charged with suspicion of marijuana cultivation and recklessly causing the fire.

Evacuation orders for residents have been lifted.


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