Pala Fire

Pala Fire ( / August 29, 2011)

SAN DIEGO -- A pair of wildfires scorched parts of San Diego County Monday.  One of the fires near Pala is still burning while a second outside Ramona was put out just before reaching a large community.

An evacuation advisory was issued Monday for residents in the Pala area, where a fire had charred nearly 350 acres of brush by the evening.

The warning was issued to residents in the areas of Rancho Heights and Magee roads, as more than 100 firefighters fought to control the blaze, which broke out for unknown reasons about 10:35 a.m. near the intersection of Pala Temecula and Moro roads, according to Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler.

Pala Temecula Road was closed from Deer Hollow Way to Pala Mission Road, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Another fire just south of Ramona burned 75 acres before being suppressed.  Crews responded after 3 p.m. to a hillside off Wildcat Canyon Road.

Homeowner Jeremiah Curo said he used a garden hose to keep the fire at bay.

"All the sudden the wind got really heavy and pushed everything up towards the mountain," he explained.

No homes were damaged, although the San Diego Country Estates community was briefly threatened.

A cause has not been determined.