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California wind, and fire danger, hits unprecedented high

VENTURA, Calif. —A fast-growing wildfire fanned by Santa Ana winds in rural San Diego County burned 1,000 acres Thursday only hours after starting.

State fire authorities said more than five buildings had been destroyed, an unknown number damaged and more than 1,000 others are threatened around Bonsall.

The picturesque community of 4,000 people amid rolling hills is known for its equestrian facilities.

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Officials shut down state Highway 76 in both directions, ordered mandatory evacuations around Bonsall, and opened shelters at schools and casinos.

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The blaze started shortly after 11 a.m.

State officials said the military was assisting with helicopters.

The area is near Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base.

It’s the latest wind-driven fire in Southern California, including destructive blazes to the northwest in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.