State of emergency declared over California fire

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International desk: Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for San Diego County, where a wildfire has destroyed several homes.

Brown issued the declaration on Friday because of a blaze that tore through the community of Alpine, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of San Diego.

Reporters at the scene say at least five homes and perhaps a dozen or more burned.

Fire officials say they’ve stopped the growth of the 400-acre blaze but hotspots still threaten homes.

Elsewhere in the county, a 330-acre fire on the Camp Pendleton Marine base that prompted the evacuation of 750 homes is now 40 percent contained.

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