Arson probed in SoCal wildfire

Oct. 24, 2007 at 5:57 PM
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SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Arson was considered a possible cause of one of the destructive wildfires burning across Southern California Wednesday.

The FBI joined the investigation into the Santiago fire in Orange County, although no arrests were immediately announced and there was no definite conclusion the fire had been intentionally started.

The Orange County Register said the fire’s proximity to the Cleveland National Forest brought the FBI into the picture. The FBI investigates crimes on federal land.

The Santiago fire was 50 percent contained Wednesday, after burning more than 19,000 acres, and was still a threat to homes in Silverado and other communities near the forest.

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