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Fast-Moving Brush Fire Destroys Home Near Dulzura

The fire is 100 percent contained

A brush fire with a dangerous rate of spread burned several acres near Dulzura Friday, amid a heat wave expected to break records in several communities in San Diego County. 

One structure reportedly burned in the fire that started at 10:15 a.m. near Community Building Road and State Route 94. 

By Saturday morning, the fire was 100 percent contained, according to Cal Fire officials.

Many people living in the area were not home when the fire started, NBC 7 has learned.

Some who were home grabbed garden hoses in an attempt to fight the flames. 

Cal Fire said the Building Fire spread at a dangerous speed and eventually burned 10 acres. 

A fire helicopter filled up at a nearby pond and dropped the water on the fire.

Firefighters faced temperatures above 100 degrees with humidity at 8 percent. Winds were 10 to 15 mph with gusts reaching 20 mph, according to NBC 7 weather anchor Whitney Southwick.

By 11:30 a.m. Friday, there was very little white smoke rising from the burned ground. No active flames were visible from News Chopper 7. 

The fire's forward rate of speed was stopped just after noon but crews remained on scene to mop up the mess. 

Dulzura Brush Fire Burns 1 Home

San Diego County was under elevated fire danger this weekend due to unusually high temperatures and low humidity. 

Temperatures in the coastal areas were expected between 94 to102 degrees with temperatures in the valleys to reach 102 to112 degrees. 

Cal Fire and Cleveland National Forest fire crews responded to the fire.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department issued an evacuation order to 144 contacts in the immediate area of the fire, according to Cal Fire officials. 

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