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Man, 82, dead in San Diego County fire; 20 homes destroyed

September 24, 2012 |  3:52 pm

The remains of an 82-year-old man was found in one of 20 homes destroyed by a San Diego County brush fire.

The man is believed to have been a resident of the home. His body was found by searchers Monday.

The so-called Shockey fire broke out Sunday in an area east of Campo near the U.S.-Mexico border. Evacuations have been ordered as the blaze is being fought by hundreds of firefighters, 57 engines and air tankers and water-dropping helicopters. It has burned more than 2,000 acres.

There were no immediate reports of other injuries, and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

Heat and shifting winds have contributed to the fire's growth, officials said. By early Sunday evening, temperatures were in the high 80s and wind speeds were about 20 mph.

Mandatory evacuation orders have been called for homes in the Tierra del Sol, Jewel Valley and Boulevard areas.

The orders were delivered largely via the county's reverse 911 system, which phones residents with instructions to leave their homes immediately. An evacuation center has been set up at Mountain Empire High School.

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— Tony Perry in San Diego

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