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Crews battle brush fire in Pala Mesa

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Posted at 3:20 PM, Jun 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-27 18:57:55-04

UPDATE (June 27, 7:23 A.m.): Cal Fire officials say the Mesa Fire in the Pala Mesa area has burned 350 acres and is 93% contained as of Friday evening.

Cal Fire officials tweeted: "Crews will continue to patrol the Fire, ensuring no hot spots remain."

Evacuation warnings and evacuation points that were put in place due to the fire have been lifted and closed, respectively.

The stretch of SR-76 shut down because of the firefighting efforts were reopened, though travelers are asked to drive cautiously in the area.

PALA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) — Flames erupted off State Route 76 in Pala Mesa, just a mile from the Pala Casino Spa Resort, on Wednesday.

Cal Fire said just before 3 p.m. the fire had a moderate rate of spread but there were no reports of structural threats. As of 6:45 p.m., the fire had reached 350 acres and was 0% contained. The fire has a dangerous rate of spread, according to Cal Fire.

An evacuation warning was in place for the surrounding area, and a temporary evacuation point was established at Valley Center High School and the I-15/Highway 76 Park and Ride.

By 8:45 p.m. evacuation warnings were lifted.

SR-76 was closed from Horse Creek Ranch to Pala Casino, Cal Fire added.

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