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Brush fire in Fallbrook that charred more than 4,200 acres 90 percent contained

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FALLBROOK, CA – DECEMBER 24: At Fallbrook High School on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 in Fallbrook, CA., firefighter Nathan Hinck from CalFire Brush 85 out of Fallbrook makes his way with hoses back to De Luz Road during the Creek fire in Fallbrook. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Andrea Lopez-Villafaña
The San Diego Union-Tribune

A brush fire that ignited late Wednesday in North County and burned more than 4,200 acres was 90 percent contained by Saturday evening, authorities said.

Cal Fire Capt. Thomas Shoots said calm winds allowed crews to build stronger containment lines on Saturday. Fire crews are continuing mop-up operations, he said.

“Everything went really well today the weather was really cooperative,” Shoots said.

The Creek fire started on Wednesday near De Luz Road in Fallbrook around 11 p.m. and was pushed southwest by Santa Ana winds onto the Marine Corps base.

Some 7,000 residents on the west side of Fallbrook were evacuated, but they were allowed to return Thursday.

No homes or military structures were burned, Shoots said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

This story originally appeared in San Diego Union-Tribune.

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