Body found in Northern California wildfire

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Updated: 7/17/2014 9:59 pm

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

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday the body was found near a home north of Platina Road in Shasta County, near where fire officials say the 11,000-acre blaze was started by an alleged marijuana grower who drove his truck over dry grass.

Authorities say the victim appears to have been attempting to flee the fire. No other details about the victim were immediately available.

The fire, which is 47 percent contained, 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 were lifted for residents.

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