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New Evacuations, But a Gradual Quashing of Fires

1,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Lake Henshaw, Mesa Grande and the La Jolla Indian Reservation this morning. However, county and fire officials say they are gaining the upper hand on th

1,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Lake Henshaw, Mesa Grande and the La Jolla Indian Reservation this morning. However, county and fire officials say they are gaining the upper hand on the blazes that have ripped across San Diego this week. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Roberts says the situation continues to change for the better.

The containment of these fires is increasing. The number of people out of their homes has decreased. I'm told by our good friends at SDG&E that service has been restored for 7,600 percent of people who lost their service.

However, Roberts says 45,000 people remain evacuated.

And, he says, the fires have consumed about 1,300 structures, mostly homes.

Fire officials are focused on the Poomacha fire. They say if the blaze crosses the truck trail it could threaten the entire Palomar Mountain area.

They're also battling to protect the 76 corridor from the Witch Fire. They're trying to cut a containment line and douse hot spots to protect Julian, Alpine and Wynola.

Fire officials expect a mild Santa Ana tomorrow. However, they say this time, an east wind will help by driving the fire back over land it's already burned.

Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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