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Damage Light From Three Brush Fires

July 20, 1986

Three brush fires that broke out almost simultaneously in widely separated parts of the county late Saturday afternoon were brought under control within a few hours. They caused only minor damage.

The largest, a 50-acre blaze in the Harmony Grove area southwest of Escondido, destroyed a farm outbuilding.

Steep terrain slowed efforts to contain the fire, a California Department of Forestry spokeswoman said. Drops from aircraft of fire retardant chemicals and backfires eventually prevented the blaze from reaching populated areas.

A one-acre grass fire near Tecate and a 25-acre fire near Boulevard also broke out at about 4 p.m., the same time as the Harmony Grove blaze.

Three chicken coops were destroyed in the Boulevard fire.

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