Deadly Wildfire Destroys 20 Homes, Threatens Others

CAMPO, Calif. (September 25, 2012)--Firefighters say a fire that killed an elderly man who refused to evacuate and burned 20 homes in rural San Diego County in California was smoldering Tuesday, but gusty winds could fan it back to life.

The blaze in the Campo area near the Mexican border has burned about 4 square miles of hilly brush land.

About 25 homes were still threatened Tuesday morning.

Fire spokesman Andy Menshek said about 80 people are under evacuation orders.

He said the fire is only smoldering, but winds are picking up and there could be 40-mile-per-hour gusts in the afternoon.

On Monday, authorities recovered the body of a man from a home who officials say ignored evacuation orders.

Neighbors said he was 82 and had one leg.


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