San Diego County

Firefighters Gain Steady Control Over North County Vegetation Blaze

As of Tuesday morning, the blaze was at 54 acres with 60% containment, Cal Fire said

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Evacuation orders for communities impacted by a vegetation fire over the weekend in San Diego's North County have been lifted as firefighters get a better handle on the blaze.

The Aruba Fire, which scorched parts of Rainbow, was at 54 acres with 60% containment as of Monday morning, Cal Fire San Diego announced.

The fire was first reported at 4:25 p.m. Sunday and within just about half an hour, the fire had quickly increased to 40-50 acres with a moderate rate of spread, Cal Fire said. Later that day, the forward rate of the blaze had been stopped.

Initially, the agency said the blaze was at about 100 acres but reduced that figure to 54 on Monday due to "more accurate mapping."

Evacuations were ordered Sunday for some areas in the Rainbow community and temporary evacuation points were set up at Vallecitos Elementary School and at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Fallbrook.

The impacted households were given the all-clear on Monday morning to return home and affected roadways were reopened.

Cal Fire PIO Frank Lococo said over 20 engines had been out of the San Diego area for the past month to help with the Dixie and Caldor fires – but said luckily their absence wasn’t felt on Sunday.

"We have 25 engines and crews and several individual overhead positions assigned to various fires throughout the state," Lococo said. "We still have quite a bit of resources available here in the county and we were able to aggressively attack this fire with multiple resources, but we also depend on our operators through local government, federal counterparts."

Investigators are still working on determining the cause of the fire as crews continue containment efforts.

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