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Firefighters fully contain Border 32 fire in rural East County

Firefighters on Monday fully contained a brush fire that burned nearly 4,500 acres and destroyed 19 homes, including RVs, in rural East County last week, officials said.

The 4,456-acre Border 32 fire, as it was dubbed, ignited around 2 p.m. Wednesday off state Route 94 in the Barrett Junction area, east of Dulzura. The flames took off south and east toward Potrero and Tecate near the U.S.-Mexico border.

More than 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate their homes through Friday, according to Cal Fire San Diego.

Officials previously said the fire destroyed three homes, but the figure changed dramatically when they counted “non-tradition homes” such as RVs that were used as primary residences, Cal Fire San Diego Capt. Thomas shoots said.

Hundreds of firefighters worked in blistering heat to contain the fire. At least eight suffered minor, heat-related injuries while two civilians suffered second- and third-degree burns. An update on their condition was not available.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday.

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