California Wildfire Forces Evacuations

PALA, Calif. (AP) -- Residents in about 35 north San Diego County homes were asked to voluntarily evacuate Thursday as a wildfire burned across 150 acres.

The fire, which was reported shortly before 4 p.m. in a hilly area near the Pala Casino, was about 5 percent contained, said Audrey Hagen, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. There was no estimate on when the fire would be fully contained.

``The winds have died down, so it's not moving as rapidly,'' Hagen said.

Flames were reported about a half-mile north of Pala Casino.

Four air tankers, four helicopters, 25 engines and 10 handcrews were on the scene late Thursday afternoon.

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