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Brush fire east of San Diego swallows about 20 houses

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:25am
Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California firefighters battled for a second day on Monday to contain a brush fire that has destroyed an estimated 20 homes and prompted the evacuation of dozens of other dwellings near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The so-called Shockey Fire erupted near the Campo Indian Reservation in southeastern San Diego County on Sunday and has scorched at least 2,000 acres, though no injuries have been reported, authorities said.

The origin of the fire was under investigation, but Blanca Mercado, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said officials are looking into the possibility that the blaze started in Mexico.

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