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3 Die in Wildfires in Mexico's Baja California

Mexican authorities say three people, including two teenagers, have died in wind-whipped wildfires in the northwestern state of Baja California.

Mexico's civil defense agency said Friday that fires near Tecate, near Tijuana and between the coastal towns of Rosarito and Ensenada had forced more than 1,100 people to evacuate their homes.

NBC 7's sister station, Telemundo 20, reported that more than 230 homes had been destroyed in the blazes and others had been injured. 

One of the fires closed the coastal highway north of Ensenada for several hours. Another, near Tecate, burned more than 9,400 acres and was 95 percent contained by Monday but fire officials said the blaze was still being dispersed by heavy gusts of wind. 

Tecate is located opposite the U.S.-Mexico border from Tecate, California at the terminus of State Route 188 south of State Route 94.

Schools were ordered closed in Tijuana, Tecate and Rosarito and Ensenada due to smoke.

Officials blamed strong Santa Ana winds, but they appeared to have died down by evening.

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