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Highway Fire Is 40% Contained

View of the fires from the Vista area on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Photo Credit: R. Rhodey
View of the fires from the Vista area on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Photo Credit: R. Rhodey

A wildfire that blackened about 500 acres in northeastern San Diego County, jumping major roadways, threatening homes and forcing evacuations, was about 40 percent contained today.

The non-injury blaze, dubbed the Highway Fire, erupted for unknown reasons near State Route 76 and Old Highway 395 in the Deer Springs area about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Cal Fire reported.

Stretches of Interstate 15, Old Highway 395 and SR-76 were closed for several hours as crews battled the blaze.

No structural damage was reported.

Almost 600 households were contacted via a "reverse 911" system that urged residents to vacate their homes for safety's sake, and a temporary shelter was established at Fallbrook High School. The evacuation order was lifted Wednesday night, according to Cal Fire.

Read updates on the other San Diego County Wildfires here: Thursday San Diego County Firestorm Coverage.

—City News Service

georgina mcguire May 15, 2014 at 03:28 PM
Fire at oceanside airport 12:30 pm May 15

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