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Evacuations Lifted for Rock Fire; Containment at 100 Percent

Crews have reached full containment on the Rock Fire in Fallbrook near the Riverside County line, Cal Fire announced Tuesday.

Nearly 100 homes were forced to flee the flames that started around 3:15 p.m. Saturday at Sandia and Rock Mountain roads.

Evacuations were lifted Sunday evening as crews doubled containment on the Rock Fire from 25 percent that morning.

The quick-burning fire was first reported at 20 acres and within an hour spread to 50 acres. Firefighters were hampered by the hot weather and steep terrain.

Cal Fire said the fire had charred 207 acres before the forward rate of spread was stopped late Saturday night. Tuesday afternoon, Cal Fire announced 100 percent containment.

About 60 firefighters with the Cleveland National Forest and multiple agencies from across California were assisting. 

During the evacuation, Fallbrook High School, 2400 S. Stagecoach Lane, was designated as a temporary evacuation center.

Evacuees with horses or other large animals were told to take them to Riders Field, 1627 S. Stagecoach Lane. The evacuation site was only temporary and owners needed to stay with their animals.

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