Evacuations ordered as 225 acres burn in Fallbrook

FALLBROOK, Calif. -- Firefighters dealt with steep terrain and high temperatures as they battled a fast-moving brush fire on the north end of Fallbrook near the Riverside County line on Saturday.

The fire broke out around 3 p.m. and had grown to 50 acres by 5 p.m. as it spread to the northwest from Sandia Creek Drive and Rock Mountain Road. By 7:30 p.m., Cal Fire said the fire had grown to 225 acres and was 10-percent contained. Officials believed they had stopped the fire's forward progress.

About 100 buildings were threatened and residents on Sandia Creek and Little Rock Road were ordered to evacuate. Evacuees were being sent to Fallbrook High School on South Stage Coach Road.

Multiple roads were closed in the area as at least 15 engines and more than 100 firefighters battled the blaze on the ground, with multiple helicopters and air tankers also working to combat the flames.

Authorities in Riverside County said they did not believe the fire had spread into their jurisdiction.

Fire crews perform an air drop on a growing blaze near the border with Riverside County
(Photo: Rico Dence)