The Pala (San Diego) Fire Just 35% Contained, Residents Evacuated
The Pala fire that started Tuesday afternoon in San Diego County, California, has grown to 70 acres and is 35% contained Saturday, according to local fire officials.
The forward progress of the fire was stopped Friday afternoon, according to fire officials.
All evacuation orders were lifted Saturday morning.
Pala Temecula Road was open in both directions to residents only.
Brisk winds and hot weather combined Friday to re-ignite the smoldering burn area of the wildfire and once again forced people to leave their homes, 3 days after an initial round of evacuations.
Several new fires broke out about 3:15p along the edges of the charred swaths of wild hilly terrain east of Interstate 15 and about a mile south of the Riverside County line. Cal Fire dispatched ground crews and firefighting aircraft to douse the flames.
Sheriff’s deputies cleared people out of dozens of homes in the nearby Rancho Heights area Friday as a precaution. No injuries were reported.
The original fire began Tuesday afternoon as a house fire in the 38800 block of Pala Temecula Road. The flames spread into adjacent trees and brush and began moving through thick foliage on surrounding rural lands.
Authorities evacuated about 100 residents in the area of Temepa Road as that fire grew. Residents were allowed to return to their homes early Tuesday evening as crews gained control over the flames in that area.
It is fire season, so take extreme care when traveling through Fire Danger Areas, lives and property depend on it.