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Shelter closes, post offices reopen as crews continue progress on East County wildfire

A shelter for fire evacuees closed Saturday and a handful of post offices reopened in rural East County as crews continue to build lines around a wildfire that sent residents fleeing Wednesday afternoon.

As of Saturday morning, the fire remained contained at 4,440 acres, Cal Fire said. Crews had about 65 percent of it surrounded with fire lines.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross tweeted that it had closed the shelter at Mountain Empire High School.

Post offices in Tecate, Dulzura and Potrero reopened. They temporarily went dark when the fire forced road closures in the area.

The fast-moving fire, dubbed the Border 32 fire, ignited around 2 p.m. Wednesday near Barrett Junction. Flames pushed south, jumping state Route 94 and burning toward the U.S.-Mexico border in the Tecate area as it headed toward Potrero.

More than 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate their homes. At least three people were injured, and 10 structures burned.

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