SAN DIEGO -- On a day when firefighters made progress against several of the wildfires menacing Southern California, authorities said Thursday they had found six bodies burned by the flames.
Border Patrol agents found four bodies in a wooded area just east of San Diego. The area is near a major corridor for illegal immigrants.
If the fire actually caused those deaths, it would mean seven people have died in the flames that have consumed about 760 square miles and at least 1,800 homes since the weekend.
The area was burned by the same fire that claimed the life of a man who refused to leave his house. The other two people killed directly by the wildfires also died in San Diego County.
Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for most residential areas of San Diego. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said an evacuation center at Qualcomm Stadium would be closed on Friday.