Wind-driven wildfire scorches hundreds of acres

Wind-driven wildfire scorches hundreds of acres

[trib_ndn vid=26082603]SAN DIEGO — A Santa Ana-stoked wildfire tore over swaths of brushy open land west of Black Mountain Tuesday, charring hundreds of acres alongside rural neighborhoods and forcing thousands of residential evacuations in communities between Rancho Penasquitos and Rancho Santa Fe.

The thousands of people who had been evacuated were told at 8 p.m. they could return to their homes and although the fire was still only 5 percent contained, most of the flames had died down, and aircraft were no longer being used, said Lee Swanson, public information officer with the San Diego Fire- Rescue Department.

“Pockets and fingers of fire are still there,” Swanson said, “but the winds have died down. We will be mopping up throughout the night.” He said the winds will return in the morning, and it will probably take a couple of days to fully bring the fire under control, but at this…

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