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Wildfire burns dozens of acres near Pala Casino, avocado farm

PAUMA VALLEY, Calif. -- Crews dousing the smoldering remnants of a roughly 60-acre wildfire near Pala Casino had the burn area about 85 percent contained as of late Wednesday.

The non-injury blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday off the 13000 block of state Route 76 in the Pauma Valley area, according to Cal Fire.

Two residents were evacuated from the rural area as the flames began to spread across open terrain, but both were allowed to return home after about 90 minutes.

About 150 firefighters, including crews aboard fixed-wing aircraft and water-dropping helicopters, were deployed at the height of the fire- suppression effort. The personnel had all the active flames within the burn zone extinguished by late Tuesday, Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez said.

The blaze, dubbed the Agua Fire due to its proximity to seasonal Agua Tibia Creek, threatened some rural homes for a time but caused no known structural damage, according to Sanchez.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.