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Feds join arson investigation in SoCal wildfire

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CALIFORNIA - Authorities say at least two of the Southern California wildfires have been linked to arson. Federal agents joined Orange County officials Wednesday in the search for evidence in the Santiago fire. The blaze burned 19,200 acres and destroyed nine homes.

Authorities believe that fire was deliberately set because they found three different ignition points within a short distance, a common sign of arson. A $70,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Authorities also believe a fire in Riverside County was deliberately set.

Meanwhile, a Hesperia man suspected of starting a small fire was arrested and another man was shot to death by police in San Bernardino after he fled officers who approached to see if he might be trying to set a fire.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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