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(Wed) Temecula helps evacuees, faces fire


Last updated 10/27/2007 at Noon

While escaping much of the devastation, the Temecula area grappled with a crippling freeway closure and waves of wildfire refugees from the south and west who flooded into a string of makeshift Red Cross centers.

“We have been on the run from fires for the last two days,” said Manuel Renteria, a bedraggled Ramona resident who fled the massive Witch Fire that roared through much of central San Diego County.

Renteria said he had heard that a Temecula evacuation center had opened but he did not know its location. A police officer spotted him parked at a fast food restaurant on Temecula...

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