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Border Fire: 2 found dead in charred area near San Diego

Firefighters watch a backfire flare up at the 6,500 acre Border Fire in eastern San Diego County, California, in the late afternoon on June 22, 2016.
Firefighters watch a backfire flare up at the 6,500 acre Border Fire in eastern San Diego County, California, in the late afternoon on June 22, 2016.
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Authorities say two dead bodies were found in a fire-stricken area near San Diego.

San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said the unidentified man and woman were found Wednesday near a boulder in Potrero, about 45 miles east of San Diego. The property had been under mandatory evacuation orders after a fire began on June 19 and has since spread to nearly 12 square miles.

Fire Tracker: Border Fire in San Diego County

Residents had reported a couple that lived on the property was missing.

Caldwell says authorities began searching Monday on the large property, which is filled with ravines. The county medical examiner will determine cause of death.