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Valley Center fire burns down few dozen acres, forces evacuations

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-27 10:21:02-04

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. (KGTV) - A fire broke out Friday afternoon in Valley Center, threatening the small north San Diego County community.

The flames were reported about 1:30 p.m. in brush near Miller Lane and Cole Grade Lane, an area surrounded by farms and homes. The cause was unknown, Cal Fire said.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Cal Fire lifted all evacuations.

Children in grades K-8 were already out of school Friday due to parent-teacher conferences, according to Pauma Valley school district officials.

Valley Center High School initially had students shelter in place but children were in the process of being transported off campus about 2:30 p.m. Video showed several school buses in front of the campus.

As of Sunday morning, Cal Fire said the fire burned 37 acres and was 90 percent contained. One home was damaged and three outbuildings were destroyed.

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A Friday night football game between Valley Center and Escondido High Schools was canceled due to the blaze.

SDG&E's Sky Maverick, which assisted in the Sawday fire in Ramona Friday morning, was deployed to Valley Center, according to Twitter.

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The San Diego Imperial Counties Red Cross sent a volunteer team to the Valley Center Community Center to provide support for evacuees.