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Shockey fire in San Diego County 95% contained; 2,851 acres burned

September 26, 2012 |  8:30 am

The Shockey fire in eastern San Diego County near the Mexican border is 95% contained after burning 2,851 acres, destroying 11 homes and leading to the death of an elderly man, Cal-Fire reported Wednesday.

The fire of unknown origin broke out Sunday afternoon on the Shockey Truck Trail east of Campo on the Campo Indian Reservation. At the fire's height, 1,402 firefighters from Cal Fire and other agencies were battling the blaze.

The remains of a man were found Monday in a burned-out home in the rural community of Boulevard. Although the medical examiner has yet to make an identification, the victim is believed to be the owner of the home, who had refused an order to evacuate.

Two firefighters were injured during the fire.


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