Evacuations lifted for Highway Fire in Bonsall



A wildfire rampaged across brushy terrain in northern San Diego County Wednesday, with flames jumping major roadways, threatening homes and forcing evacuations.

The blaze near State Route 76 and Old Highway 395 in Bonsall erupted for unknown reasons about noon, Cal Fire reported. As of late evening, about 600 acres had burned with 5 percent containment. 

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

Cal Fire Capt. Richard Cordova told City News Service about 3 p.m. that homes were threatened, but it was unclear early tonight if any structural damage had occurred.

As of 7:15 p.m., Old Highway 395 was closed in both directions from Dulin Road to Lilac Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

Interstate 15 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.

As of about 8:20 p.m., evacuated residents are now being allowed to return home, according to a tweet from the sheriff's department. 

Large animals can be taken to Oceanside Ivy Ranch, 110 Rancho Del Oro in Oceanside; Cloverdale Ranch, 2460 Cloverdale Road in Escondido; or Warner Ranch, 10950 Pala Road in Pala.

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