Burned Bodies Found in San Gabriel Mountains Above Azusa Believed to Be Missing Hikers

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Helicopters make water drops on Spinks Canyon above Duarte Tuesday morning as two brush fires burn dangerously close to one another in Duarte and Azusa. The two fires have charred 5,400 acres. (Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

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Last month, 16-year-old Jonathan Pardo and his 31-year-old cousin, Carlos Perez, went hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa.

Hours later, two large brush fires broke out, burning thousands of acres. As firefighters battled the blazes, Pardo and Perez could not be located. Family members spent more than two weeks looking for them along the trails scarred by what came to be called the San Gabriel Complex fire.

Then, on Thursday, they found what is believed to be their charred bodies at the top of a mountain.

They were among six people who died during a series of wildfires that hit Southern California during that period. A couple died when a fire swept through their neighborhood in Lake Isabella. The bodies of another couple were found after a brush fire raced through a rural area in eastern San Diego County.

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