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Shockey fire in San Diego County: 2,851 acres, 55% contained

September 25, 2012 |  7:42 am

The Shockey brush fire in eastern San Diego County near the Mexican border has burned 2,851 acres and is 55% contained, Cal-Fire said Tuesday morning.

"We were very fortunate overnight," said Cal-Fire Capt. Mike Mohler. "The humidity came up and the winds were light."

Pushed by erratic winds Sunday and Monday, the fire destroyed 20 homes and 15 out-buildings, damaged 10 other homes and is blamed for the death of an 82-year-old man who refused an order to evacuate.

The nearly 1,000 firefighters have largely stopped the fire's forward advance and will concentrate on hot spots, Mohler said. Still, two dozen homes are considered endangered.

Evacuation orders for the community of Boulevard and the Jewel Valley area have been lifted but remain in effect in the Tierra del Sol area. 

The fire, of unknown origin, erupted Sunday east of Campo on the Campo Indian Reservation, along Shockey Truck Trail.

The San Diego County medical examiner has not yet identified the body found in a burned-out home in Tierra del Sol. But it is believed to be the 82-year-old owner of the home. His truck was found outside the smoldering ruins.

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--Tony Perry in San Diego

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