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At Least 65 Homes Destroyed In San Diego County Wildfires

The Poinsettia fire, fueled by strong Santa Ana winds and extreme drought conditions, burns through a neighborhood in Carlsbad, May 2014.
City of Carlsbad
The Poinsettia fire, fueled by strong Santa Ana winds and extreme drought conditions, burns through a neighborhood in Carlsbad, May 2014.

Fire officials have counted at least 65 homes that were destroyed last week in wildfire-ravaged San Diego County.

At least 39 houses were burned in the San Marcos Cocos fire, and another eight were destroyed in the Carlsbad Poinsettia fire. An 18-unit apartment building in was also destroyed in the Carlsbad fire.

Damage estimates have reached more than $20 million and are expected to grow.

Authorities are also investigating whether the Pointsettia fire in Carlsbad killed one person, whose badly burned body was found near a transient encampment.

Nearly a dozen wind-whipped fires burned about 27,000 acres across San Diego County beginning last Tuesday. Three of those are not yet fully contained.