CAMPO, Calif. -- The now-deadly Shockey Fire grew by 400 acres overnight to 2,851 acres and was threatening 25 homes, but fire crews have cut a containment line around 55 percent of the blaze, authorities said Tuesday.
The fire, which claimed the life of a disabled 82-year-old man, broke out on Shockey Truck Trail and Highway 94 on the Campo Indian Reservation east of Campo around 12:15 p.m. Sunday. Within hours, authorities ordered mandatory evacuations for about 80 homes in the Tierra del Sol, Boulevard and Jewel Valley areas.
Officials went back into the burn area Tuesday and confirmed that 11 homes and 14 outbuildings had been destroyed by the fire. Two other structures were damaged and 11 vehicles were destroyed.
Evacuees were largely notified of the threat via the county's "reverse 911'' emergency telephone system. As of Monday night, the evacuation orders were lifted for Boulevard and Jewel Valley. Those who live in the Tierra del Sol area were able to follow suit late Tuesday afternoon.
The blaze was 90 percent contained Tuesday morning -- up from 10 percent 24 hours earlier, according to Cal fire, which reported that the blaze had scorched 2,851 acres as Tuesday afternoon. The charred acreage stood at 1,700 acres Monday morning.
Classes at all Mountain Empire School District campuses were canceled Monday but resumed Tuesday, even though the American Red Cross continued to operate a shelter for evacuees at Mountain Empire High School in Pine Valley, Superintendent Steve Van Zant said.
Highway 94 at Tierra del Sol remained closed Tuesday because of the fire, which was threatening to destroy 25 homes and damage 10 others in the Tierra del Sol area in addition to structures already destroyed by flames, according to Cal Fire.
A total of 955 firefighters, 87 engines, three helicopters, eight bulldozers and eight water trucks were assigned to the lines as of Monday night, Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler said. About two dozen deputies were assisting the fire crews, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Caldwell. One crew member suffered a minor injury while working the lines, Mohler said.
The agencies fighting the fire include Cal Fire, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Campo Indian Reservation Fire, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Border Patrol.
A charred body presumed to be that of a disabled 82-year-old man was discovered about 2:30 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of Tierra del Sol Road, sheriff's officials said.
Neighbors told sheriff's officials the man, whose name was being withheld, had decided to ignore the evacuation order he received Sunday afternoon. Though authorities said the orders were "mandatory,'' they cannot legally force a resident from his or her home.
Several other residents living in the evacuated areas also chose to stay put. Only about a dozen evacuees spent Sunday night at the Mountain Empire High School shelter, authorities said. About half that spent the night Monday.
Red Cross officials said the shelter would remain open for displaced residents until they are able to make other housing arrangements.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized funding to help fight the Shockey Fire. The decision makes FEMA funding available to reimburse 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs, according to the federal agency.