Pala brush fire 95% contained

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PALA, Calif. — A fire that gutted a home, destroyed abandoned sheds and blackened about 45 acres of brush near Pala in far northern San Diego County was 95 percent contained Friday morning.

The blaze has been burning since Tuesday afternoon, when a house fire in the 38800 block of Pala Temecula Road spread into adjacent vegetation and toward hills east of Interstate 15 and about a mile south of the Riverside County line.

Authorities initially evacuated about 100 residents in the area of Temepa Road, but the order was lifted late Tuesday evening.

The blaze gutted seven outbuildings along with the home where it originated, Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez said. The small auxiliary structures, which stood on remote county-owned land, apparently had been unused for years or decades.

Three firefighters suffered minor burns while working to extinguish the blaze.

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