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Brush fire in San Diego County now 2,451 acres, 40% contained

September 24, 2012 |  9:06 pm

A wind-driven brush fire in a remote part of eastern San Diego County near the Mexican border has now burned 2,451 acres and is 40% contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported Monday night.

Twenty homes are reported destroyed and 10 others damaged. Also, the body of a man was discovered in a burned-out home belonging to an 82-year-old man who had vowed not to evacuate.

Some 955 firefighters from the forestry department and other agencies battled the blaze Monday, backed by air tankers and water-dropping helicopters. Called the Shockey fire, the blaze, of unknown origin, broke out Sunday afternoon east of Campo on the Campo Indian Reservation.

Evacuations were ordered in the Boulevard and Jacumba communities, but those orders have since been lifted. Evacuation orders are still in effect for the Tierra del Sol area.

The fire is burning east, with two dozen homes in its path, the forestry department said.


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