More Bodies Found In Wildfires' Path

Thursday, October 25th 2007, 7:43 am
By: News On 6

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Four charred bodies have been found in an apparent migrant camp burned by one of the wildfires raging across Southern California.

If the fire was responsible for the deaths, which is not yet certain, it would mean seven people have died in the flames that have consumed about 750 square miles since the weekend.

The Border Patrol says its agents found the bodies in a wooded area near Barrett Junction, just east of San Diego and along the Mexican border. The area is near a major corridor for illegal immigrants.

Authorities say they discovered the bodies Thursday afternoon but don't know how long ago the victims died. The remains were tentatively identified as those of three men and one woman.

Despite the deaths, there are hopeful signs. Firefighters are taking advantage of calmer winds and cooler temperatures to launch an aerial assault on several stubborn blazes.