Crews bring fires in Ramona, Valley Center under control

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SAN DIEGO — Two wildfires, one in Valley Center and the other east of Ramona, have been contained Sunday at 100% and 95% respectfully, according to Cal Fire San Diego.

The Miller Fire in Valley Center was a wind-driven wildfire that blackened 37 acres, destroyed a home and forced evacuations.

The blaze broke out at 1 p.m. Friday amid hot, arid and gusty Santa Ana conditions in the area of Cole Grade Road and Miller Lane, about three miles west of Harrah’s Resort Southern California, Cal Fire said.

Deputies cleared residents out of homes on various roads in the area, including Ava Lane, Cole Grade Road, Cole Grade Lane, Cool Valley Road, Coyote Run, Little Quail Run, Puma Trail, Saddleback Road, Villa Sierra Road and Wilhite Lane. Authorities also closed Cole Grade Road to through traffic at Miller Lane, Oak Glen Place and Valley Center Road.

Evacuation orders were lifted late Saturday, and the fire was ruled 100% contained at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The other fast-moving wildfire scorched nearly 100 open acres east of Ramona. That blaze, dubbed the Sawday Fire, burned near the Witch Creek community off Sawday Truck Trail and Little Page Road. Cal Fire officials said the fire was 95% contained by 6 p.m. Sunday.

The causes of both fires was under investigation.

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