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California fires: Two teens arrested on suspicion of arson

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, May 16, 2014, 6:04 PM - Escondido police said they have arrested two teens on suspicion of arson in connection with the California wildfires. The pair matched witness descriptions of people attempting to spark fires in the South Escondido area, Reuters reports.

Ten fires in California have charred thousands of acres, forced mass evacuations and resulted in at least on death so far.

Fueled by dry air and wind, the fires have raced across San Diego county, destroying nearly three dozen homes and leaving crews battling what some have called a "moving target".

The flames are being fanned by years of drought conditions in southern California, which experts say have made the area "prime" for wildfires.


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Police arrested the two teens suspected of arson late Thursday at a shopping mall.

"We all have suspicions, like the public does, when you have nine fires that started all over the county," San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore told Reuters.

The district attorney is reviewing the case but so far, no charges have been filed.

Meanwhile, the situation remains volatile in many areas, with firefighters working around the clock to contain the devastation. 

With files from Reuters

Caption:  A house burns at the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images). 

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