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Cocos Fire: Juvenile is suspect in major San Marcos wildfire

In this file photo from May, a firefighter pulls a hose in position while battling the Cocos fire in San Marcos, California. Officials said a juvenile is suspected of starting the fire, which destroyed 36 homes and one business.
In this file photo from May, a firefighter pulls a hose in position while battling the Cocos fire in San Marcos, California. Officials said a juvenile is suspected of starting the fire, which destroyed 36 homes and one business.
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Investigators have identified a juvenile as a suspect for intentionally starting a wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes in San Diego County in May.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that it would not release the suspect's identity and did not indicate if anyone was in custody. It says the suspect has not been linked to any other fires that ripped through Southern California at the time.

The suspect is believed to have started the Cocos Fire in the northern San Diego suburb of San Marcos. The fire was the most destructive of the May fires in terms of property damage, claiming 36 houses and one business.

The Sheriff's Department says investigators sifted through many tips and photos provided by the public.

Cocos Fire: See more details at KPCC's Fire Tracker