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    Tuesday, May 20 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-05-20 23:19:45 GMT
    Investigations were under way Tuesday into a rash of major fires that destroyed dozens of homes and businesses last week as they raged over tens of thousands of acres throughout the San Diego area. 
    Investigations were under way Tuesday into a rash of major fires that destroyed dozens of homes and businesses last week as they raged over tens of thousands of acres throughout the San Diego area. 

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego County sheriff says arson will be among the many possibilities investigators will look at in trying to determine what caused nine fires to break out during a two-day heat wave.

Sheriff Bill Gore said Thursday it could take months to find the causes of the blazes concentrated in the northwestern area of the county, from the coast to areas 10 to 15 miles inland.

The first fire started Tuesday. The eight other wildfires erupted over the course of hours Wednesday.

Gore says investigators are not ruling anything out but he also wouldn't prejudge the investigations.

He noted that sparks from vehicles can easily ignite brush in such hot, dry and windy conditions.

The fires have caused more than $22 million in damage so far.

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