Pala fire at 15 percent containment, Cal Fire says

PALA (KUSI) — A house fire turned brush fire that started in the Pala area Tuesday and led to evacuations was 15 percent contained Wednesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The fire broke out at a home on Pala Temecula Road around 2 p.m., but quickly spread to the surrounding area and burned about 45 acres, according to Cal Fire.

The area is surrounded by dense vegetation and rocky terrain, Cal Fire Public Information Officer Kendal Bortisser said, challenging firefighters as they continue to fight the blaze.

About 250 firefighters worked overnight to battle the fire. Seven airtankers and three helicopters were used to Tuesday to fight flames. Bortisser said Cal Fire will have a similar crew Wednesday.

About 250 homes were evacuated Tuesday.  Evacuees were advised to stay in makeshift shelters at Vallecitos Elementary School in Fallbrook and Great Oak High School in Temecula, but residents were allowed to return home around 6:30 p.m.

Pala Temecula Road remained closed as of 7 a.m. Wednesday.   

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