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I-15, Old Highway 395, SR 76 Reopened Near Pala Fire

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A wildfire rampaged across about 600 acres of brushy terrain in northern San Diego County on Wednesday, jumping major roadways, threatening homes and forcing evacuations.

The blaze near state Route 76 and Old Highway 395 erupted for unknown reasons about 1 p.m., Wednesday, Cal Fire reported. As of about 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, the blaze was 5 percent contained.

Flames roared up and down hillsides, and images of a wind-whipped whirl of flame were circulating on social media.

Interstate 15, Old Highway 395 and state Route 76 were all closed near the blaze for several hours, but have since been reopened.

County officials said almost 600 households were contacted via the reverse 911 system, which urged residents to evacuate to Fallbrook High School, 2400 S. Stage Coach Lane. Cal Fire officials said the evacuation order was lifted tonight.

Read updates on the other San Diego County Wildfires here: Thursday San Diego County Firestorm Coverage.

—City News Service

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