A brush fire has charred about 40 acres in Ramona, prompting evacuation orders for nearby homes, officials said Wednesday.
The blaze ignited around 12:45 p.m. off state Route 78 near Casner Road, with flames spreading at a moderate rate through grass, Cal Fire said.
Residents near and on Rancho Ballena Road have been told to evacuate, a sheriff’s official said. An evacuation center was set up at Ramona High School on Hanson Lane.
Route 78 was closed at Old Julian Highway while fire crews battle the flames.
This is a breaking news story that will be updated when more information becomes available.