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Tecate-Area Wildfire Blackens Dozens of Acres

Smoke from the Border Fire is seen from a Cal Fire airplane, July 15, 2021.
Cal Fire/San Diego County Fire
Smoke from the Border Fire is seen from a Cal Fire airplane, July 15, 2021.

A wildfire just north of the U.S.-Mexico line in the Tecate area spread over about 60 acres Thursday and destroyed a mobile home and some vehicles before crews were able to subdue the flames.

Downed power lines on the south side of the border sparked the blaze near Tecate Mission Road west of Tecate Port of Entry about 1:45 p.m., according to Cal Fire.

While moving to the northeast through fields and over rolling hills, the flames gutted the mobile residence along with a van and three trailers, including one used for transporting horses and another for commercial cargo, said Thomas Shoots, a fire captain with the state agency.


Authorities advised residents of Tecate to prepare to clear out of their homes if necessary, Shoots said.

Ground crews and personnel aboard firefighting airplanes and helicopters were able to halt the spread of the blaze — which moved to within roughly a quarter-mile of some developed residential areas — by shortly before 3 p.m., the spokesman said.

The fire caused no reported injuries.

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