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Brush fire moving rapidly through hilly area of northeastern San Diego County [Updated]

June 23, 2010 |  6:13 pm

[Updated at 6:10 p.m.: Firefighters have stopped the spread of the brush fire in northeast San Diego County, officials said at 6 p.m.  The fire, which consumed 75 acres, was fought by 30 engines, four air tankers, and four helicopters. Ten homes were evacuated as a precaution, but no structures were threatened.]

Firefighters and air tankers are fighting a fast-moving fire in a hilly, brush-covered, lightly populated area of northeast San Diego County, fire officials said Wednesday.

The fire had burned upward of 75 acres near the Pala Indian reservation and casino by 5 p.m., sending thick, dark smoke over much of the region, pushed by 15 mph winds. No structures were threatened. The first report of flames came about 3:40 p.m.

The area has dense brush left from the spring rains and is considered a "thick fuel area" for fires. A section of California Highway 76 is closed to traffic.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego.

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