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Pala Fire now 60 percent contained Tuesday

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PALA (CNS) - A 300-acre wildfire in the Pala area was 60 percent contained Tuesday and evacuation orders affecting the residents of nearly 40 homes were lifted, authorities said.

The Pala Fire broke out about 10:35 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Pala Temecula and Moro roads, according to Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler.

There were no immediate reports of injury or lost structures but about three dozen homes in the vicinity of Rancho Heights and Magee roads were threatened, and their occupants were told to evacuate Monday. Red Cross officials then set up an evacuation center at the Jim Banks Sports Complex at 12194 Pala Mission Road.

The evacuation orders were lifted this morning, though residents were still advised to stay clear of the area, according to Cal Fire's website.

The blaze was moving Tuesday in a northeasterly direction but not posing any immediate threat to structures, Cal Fire reported.

Roughly 600 firefighters were being deployed to battle the Pala Fire, along with three helicopters, two bulldozers and five water tenders, according to Cal Fire. As of this morning, about $405,000 has been spent battling the blaze, the agency reported.

Authorities said the fire, which remains under investigation, may have been sparked by a vehicle crash. According to the California Highway Patrol, a Toyota Camry hit a pole and caught fire about 10:30 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Pala Temecula and Moro roads.

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PALA (CNS) - A 350-acre wildfire in the Pala area was 40 percent contained Tuesday, authorities said.

The Pala Fire broke out about 10:35 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Pala Temecula and Moro roads, according to Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler.

There were no immediate reports of injury or lost structures but about three dozen homes in the vicinity of Rancho Heights and Magee roads were threatened. Residents of those homes were told to evacuate.

Red Cross officials set up an evacuation center at the Jim Banks Sports Complex at 12194 Pala Mission Road.

As of Monday night, about $50,000 had been spent battling the blaze, authorities said.

Authorities said the fire, which remains under investigation, may have been sparked by a vehicle crash.

The California Highway Patrol reported on its website that a Toyota Camry hit a pole and caught fire about 10:30 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Pala Temecula and Moro roads.

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