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Evacuations Lifted as Featherstone Fire in Barona Holds at 133 Acres

The brush fire is sending plumes of white smoke into the air above Barona.

Evacuations have been lifted for residents living near the 133-acre brush fire burning in Barona, dubbed the Feather Fire. 

The fire broke out around 1:15 p.m. Monday near Featherstone Canyon Road in Barona in the Four Corners area. The area is just east of the Barona Resort and Casino in San Diego's East County, 32 miles northeast of Downtown San Diego.

As of 2 .m. Tuesday, Cal Fire officials reported the fire was holding steady at 133 acres and was 90 percent contained.

For several hours, Cal Fire crews said the brush fire was threatening homes in the Barona Mesa community. San Diego County Sheriff's (SDSO) deputies worked on scene to help those in the area evacuated. The evacuations have since been lifted. 

No other evacuations have been issued at this time. 

The fire was caused by some sort of mowing equipment malfunction, Cal Fire San Diego investigators said. 

A temporary evacuation center was set up at El Capitan High School, located at 10410 Ashwood Street in Lakeside. Pets are welcome. Large animals could be taken to the San Diego Country Estates Equestrian Center located at 16911 Gunn Stage Road in Ramona.

According to Cal Fire, crews will be there through the night and tomorrow to fully contain the fire.

No other information was immediately available.

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