2 Bodies Found in Rural Area Burned by Border Fire in San Diego County

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A firefighter is dwarfed by a burning mountain at the 6,500-acre Border Fire in eastern San Diego County, in the late afternoon on June 22, 2016. (Credit: BILL WECHTER/AFP/Getty Images)

Authorities Wednesday confirmed the discovery of two bodies in a rural area scorched by the Border fire in San Diego County.

News of the grisly find near State Route 94 comes as nearly 4,000 firefighters battle 12 large wildfires throughout California, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant.

Residents near the U.S.-Mexico border told the San Diego Union-Tribune Wednesday that they had found two bodies believed to be those of a couple who had been missing since the 7,609-acre Border fire erupted near Potrero last week.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the discovery later that afternoon, saying the remains of what appeared to be two bodies were found behind a boulder in a ravine. The medical examiner removed the bodies and will make the final identification on the cause and manner of death, said Jan Caldwell, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.

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