BREAKING: Brush Fire Burning Near San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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LIVE UPDATES (Updates in chronological order)

A brush fire burning in southern California has forced the closure of State Route 78 “midway between the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the city of Ramona Friday afternoon,” according to local media. The fire, which broke out at around 1:30 p.m. PT, burned at least 30 acres within 15 minutes, according to firefighters. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park was reportedly preparing to evacuate the animals housed there if needed. (source) – 5:33 p.m. ET

The fire is burning in a southwestern direction, according to the CHP. (5:49 p.m. ET)

The fire is reportedly more than 50 acres at this point, and roughly six miles of road has been shut down (5:53 p.m.)

 Cal Fire now says the fire has reached 225 acres and is spreading in a southeast direction. Fire officials appear to be working hard to fight the fire from the air (5:57 p.m. ET)


Latest updates say that at least 240 acres have burned and that there is 5% containment on the fire. Structures are threatened but there has been no loss of structures or injuries reported (8:40 p.m. ET)

No animals have been moved from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, but officials there remain ready to do so (8:53 p.m. ET)

The forward rate of spread of the fire has been stopped, fire officials say (12:04 a.m. ET 7/28)



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