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Brush fire prompts evacuation of dozens of homes

August 29, 2011 |  5:48 pm

Photo: Pala fire. Credit: KTLA-TV/fox5sandiego.com The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has ordered the mandatory evacuation of dozens of homes as a brush fire continues to spread north of the Pala Indian Reservation, burning more than 350 acres.

Residents of 79 homes were directed to the gymnasium at the Pala Tribal Administrative Center on the reservation, authorities said.

The fire broke out at 10:30 a.m. after a Toyota Camry crashed into a light pole on Pala Temecula Road, sending sparks into dry grass.

No fire-related injuries have been reported, authorities said. Dozens of firefighters are battling the blaze, but it is listed as zero percent contained.

Another brush fire off Wildcat Canyon Road near Ramona has been contained, with no evacuations necessary, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department announced at 5:30 p.m. The fire burned 70 acres of brush.

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Photo: Pala fire. Credit: KTLA-TV/fox5sandiego.com

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