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San Diego County wildfire destroys 20 homes; 80 threatened

September 24, 2012 | 11:23 am

A San Diego County brush fire that has already destroyed 20 homes and damaged 10 others continued to threaten an additional 80 homes, officials said.

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 injury, and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

The heat and shifting winds have contributed to the fire's growth, officials said. By early Sunday evening, temperatures were in the high 80s and winds were blowing at around 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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