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Most fire evacuations lifted near Santa Barbara

State Route 94 was blocked off from state SR-188 to Mountain Empire RV Park until further notice.

On the fourth day of firefighting efforts, the wildfire that initially broke out near the junction of Highway 94 and Highway 188 in the sparsely-populated Potrero area was 6,500 acres in size and 15 percent contained, Cal Fire reported. Winds, which have been driving the flames northeaast, were expected to hit at least 18 miles per hour today. “There was cloud cover this morning”. Brush in some of the areas hasn’t burned in 80 to 90 years Bortisser said.

“Fire department’s there to protect the structure, we are there to protect the animals”.

Evacuations: Forest Gate, Star Ranch, Cowboy Ranch, Dog Patch, Canyon City, Community of Lake Morena Village, NW of Campo, Pacific Crest Trail to the south, Buckman Springs Road to the east from Lake Morena Dr.to Morena Valley Road, Moreno Stokes Valley Road (Corral Canyon) at Sky Ranch (Sky Valley Road) to the west and Moreno Stokes Valley Road (Corral Canyon) at Buckman Springs Road to the east. The school is located on 9669 Dunbar Lane in El Cajon.

The Red Cross offered shelter for the refugees to spend the Sunday night at Los Coches Creek Middle School, where they could also get food, water, health services or emotional support.

Only residents of the greater Potrero community are allowed to return as of 4 p.m. with proper identification.

Photos of an emu seeking refuge from the fire went viral on Monday.

Capt. Kendal Bortisser of Cal Fire-San Diego was not able to immediately disclose the location of the two destroyed homes because the residents must be notified first, he said.

If owners cannot find a place to take their animals, they can take livestock to the Boulevard Customs and Border Protection Station or household pets to one of the county’s three animal shelters.

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With the trailer posted near the Border Fire evacuation zone, animal control officers don’t have to trek back to their nearest facility, an hour away, for extra animal care equipment and supplies. Donations should be dropped off at the Humane Society shelter, 5500 Gaines St., San Diego, near Interstate 5 and Friars Road.

Smoke billows from the fire north of Tecate. Courtesy of UCSDE HPWREN Network