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Brush fire in eastern San Diego County burns 1,700 acres, four homes

September 24, 2012 |  6:43 am

A brush fire in eastern San Diego County has burned 1,700 acres and destroyed four homes and numerous smaller buildings, officials said early Monday.

The fire, which is 10% contained, erupted soon after noon Sunday east of Campo and has forced evacuations in the Tierra del Sol, Jewel Valley and Boulevard areas, Cal Fire officials said. No injuries have been reported.

The Red Cross has established an evacuation center at Mountain Empire High School, and classes at local schools have been canceled.

Forty-five engines, six air tankers and two helicopters are fighting the blaze, officials said.


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