Firefighters Gain Upper Hand on Pala Fire

A total of 8 structures burned, including the house where the fire began

Firefighters gained the upper hand on a 45-acre brush fire that destroyed eight structures near Pala, California, Cal Fire confirmed Thursday.

As of 7 a.m. Thursday, the fire was 75 percent contained, fire officials said.

The fire sparked inside a home on Pala Temecula Road Tuesday afternoon and spread to the surrounding brush.

Seven outbuildings in the area, all owned by San Diego County, and the home where the fire started were burned.

Firefighters said the outbuildings had not been occupied for more than 20 years.

According to Cal Fire, there were three injuries.

Firefighters said this brush fire is a reminder that of how dry the brush is around California.

Cal Fire Firefighter Isaac Sanchez said fires are sparking statewide, even this early on in the year and residents should begin making preparations.

“Now is the time to work on that escape plan. To get your important documents ready to go in the event there are evacuations like we did have yesterday,” Cal Fire Firefighter Isaac Sanchez said.

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