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California wildfire that destroyed 12 homes was caused by suicide

A wildfire in Northern California that has destroyed 12 homes was caused by a man's suicide.

A joint Investigation between Cal Fire and the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office found that the Tassajara Fire in Monterey County was caused by a man committing suicide. The man, whose identity and exact cause of death have not yet been released, was found just outside a car in the area where the fire started on Saturday afternoon.

"The exact circumstances surrounding the death and the identity of the decedent will be released by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office when the investigation is complete," the sheriff's office said in a brief statement. "Detectives from the Monterey County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division are investigating the incident."

The Tassajara Fire has so far burned 1,086 acres (439 hectares) and was at 81 percent containment on Wednesday morning. The blaze has destroyed 12 residences and 8 outbuildings, and several areas remain under evacuation orders. More than 750 firefighters are battling the wildfire.

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