Cal Fire officials find dead body at scene of Bully Fire in Shasta County

Jul 17, 2014 8:14 PM

A body has been recovered from the Bully Fire in rural Shasta County.

Cal Fire law enforcement officials discovered the remains Wednesday afternoon in a dry ravine off Platina Road.

Yellow caution tape marks this badly charred driveway, where a body was found.

"This person was located in a ravine...maybe trying to seek shelter from the fire...they tried to get to an area of low ground where there's lots of vegetation..."

The Shasta County Coroner's Office says the body was severely burned, making the identification process that much harder.

"We could tell from the remains thus far that it's a male...we're unable to articulate anything further as far as race...age..."

It's unclear how long the man had been dead, but an autopsy is being performed today to try and pinpoint a date and time.

Lieutenant Magrini says it could take days -- even weeks -- before the Coroner's Office can fully identify the body and what happened.

He says it's not uncommon for fire victims' bodies to go unnoticed during a wildfire.

"I have been on wildfires working the law enforcement side...firefighters are just trying to get in front of it and fight it from the front..."

Cal Fire is leading the investigation for this case -- it's unclear whether they'll file new charges against Freddie Smoke -- the man suspected of starting the Bully Fire.


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