Person killed escaping flames from Bully Fire

California’s Bully Fire has killed one person, who officials say was likely trying to flee the blaze, local media is reporting. 

The body was discovered inside the fire perimeter on Wednesday; on Thursday CAL FIRE officials confirmed that the person died while likely fleeing the fire when it started on July 11.

It has since burned 10,700 acres and is 47 percent contained, according to CAL FIRE’s general information site. The fire is burning 21 southwest of Redding.

Officials believe the fire was accidentally set when a man was driving his truck to an illegal marijuana in Shasta County. Freddie Alexander Smoke III was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of starting the fire.

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