More evacuations ordered as wildfire burns out of control near border

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SAN DIEGO -- A wildfire near the U.S.-Mexico border that destroyed four outbuildings, caused a power outage, injured a firefighter and prompted authorities to evacuate the entire community of Potrero had grown to blacken about 7,500 acres by Monday afternoon.

The blaze ignited late Sunday morning in the vicinity of state Routes 94 and 188 amid an excessive heat warning. It spread to about 1,500 acres by late Sunday, and added another 400 acres by 8 a.m., according to Cal Fire. Fire officials said it was 5 percent contained.

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Law enforcement officers evacuated residents and ranchers from Potrero, Forest Gate, Star Ranch, Cowboy Ranch, Dog Patch and Canyon City as the fire spread north of the Tecate Junction Sunday, and the order remained in effect Monday afternoon.  There is also an advisory evacuation for Lake Morena, Cal Fire Officer Kendal Bortisser said.

Evacuated residents in need of food, water, health services or emotional support can go the Red Cross shelter at Los Coches Creek Middle School, at 9669 Dunbar Lane in El Cajon. The Campo Elementary School shelter was closed Monday afternoon.

The blaze ignited late Sunday morning in the vicinity of state Routes 94 and 188 amid an excessive heat warning. It spread to about 1,500 acres by late Sunday, and added another 400 acres by 8 a.m., according to Cal Fire. Fire officials said it was 5 percent contained.

Law enforcement officers evacuated residents and ranchers from Potrero as the fire spread north of the Tecate Junction Sunday, and the order remained in effect Monday morning.

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