Body found in canyon charred by wildfires

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CARLSBAD, Calif. – A badly burned body was discovered in land scorched by a wildfire in Carlsbad, authorities said Thursday.

Firefighters located the body when they were checking hotspots near Ambrosia Lane and Calliandra Road in Carlsbad Thursday, a Carlsbad official said.

Carlsbad FireOfficials said the area where the unidentified body was found is a known to be where homeless people spend time.

A 400-acre wind-driven brush fire that damaged or destroyed about 30 Carlsbad residences and commercial buildings, downed power lines and forced thousands of evacuations was about 60 percent contained Thursday.

The so-called Poinsettia Fire broke out for unknown reasons shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday near Poinsettia Lane and Alicante Road, just east of El Camino Real.

Winds quickly pushed the flames about 400 acres and west toward neighborhoods and some high-tech businesses.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No other injuries have been reported.