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Investigators say southern California wildfires are 'human caused'

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Investigators say the fire that destroyed more than 200 homes in Santa Barbara and Montecito, California, was "human caused."

The fire began Thursday in an area teenagers like to hang out, and a state spokesman says it's possible someone was smoking in the brush or started a campfire there.

Investigators have also not ruled out arson as a cause. The fire is currently 80 percent contained. It's the smallest of three major wildfires still burning in the greater Los Angeles area.

Officials warn of another bad air day Monday, and classes are canceled at dozens of schools near the fire zones in Orange County.

Meanwhile, south of Santa Barbara, ferocious Santa Ana winds fanned flames that destroyed more than 800 homes, mobile homes and apartments since Thursday night. In all, 55 square miles of land has been scorched. Most of the damage has been in Orange and Riverside Counties.

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