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Gate Fire in San Diego forces evacuations

The Gate Fire burns in San Diego County on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
The Gate Fire burns in San Diego County on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
The Gate Fire burns in San Diego County on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
The Gate Fire burns in San Diego County on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
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A fast-moving wildfire forced several hundred campers to flee a campground south of San Diego on Saturday. The fire burned through at least 500 hundred acres before sunset.

Overnight temperatures and a rise in humidity allowed firefighters to make progress. The fire is mainly burning in an area of grass and sparse brush.

As of Sunday at 5:15 p.m. the Gate Fire had burned more than 2,000 acres and was 70 percent contained.

The community of Dulzura remains under an evacuation warning Sunday morning although residents that chose to evacuate were escorted back to their homes Saturday night.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Otay Ranch High School at 1250 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista. 

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention says the blaze broke out near State Route 94 south of Jamul Saturday morning. It quickly spread amid hot, windy conditions.

Fire officials say the Gate Fire is spreading at a "dangerous rate," prompting them to evacuate the Pico Pico RV Resort and Campground.

A spokeswoman for the campsite about 330 recreational vehicles left the site on Saturday.

CalFire spokesman Isaac Sanchez told KNSD-TV the fire started near a shooting range. The cause remains under investigation.