Pala wildfire containment up to 95 percent
PALA (KUSI) — The wildfire near Pala that was reignited Friday due to windy conditions and excessive heat is close to being contained once again. Firefighters have obtained 95 percent containment across the 70 acres the fire has scorched since it began Tuesday, according to Cal Fire. The trouble began after a house caught fire in the 38800 block of Pala Temecula Rd. The blaze spread to adjacent trees and vegetation, moving through the rural surroundings as San Diego County temperatures hit a heat spike.
The fire forced numerous evacuations, forcing over 100 residents out of their homes as firefighters worked to contain the fire. Evacuation orders have since been lifted.
Southern California has had several brush fires active since the Pala fire, including a fire along Interstate 15 in Temecula that began Saturday. The fire on I-15 forced numerous lane closures and major traffic delays through the weekend. The Temecula fire is 65 percent contained across the 139 acres it spans.
Another fire in the Calabasas area forced evacuations, but conditions have improved.