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Teri Figueroa

Teri Figueroa covers the cities of Vista and San Marcos, as well as some police, fire and court news in North County. A native Californian, she joined the North County Times in 2002, and the U-T in 2012. Figueroa reported on the 2003 and 2007 wildfires, and covered the criminal cases against Richard Tuite and John Gardner III, as well as war crimes cases. A San Diego State University graduate, Figueroa has won multiple journalism awards for her work.
Fire crews make progress in Goleta as some residents return to find charred ruins

The 400-acre Holiday fire was 80% contained as firefighters Saturday continued to battle the destructive blaze that has snaked through a hillside area of Goleta, one of several fires that destroyed homes amid a record-setting heat wave in Southern California.

18 structures lost in Alpine fire that hopscotched through neighborhood

Firefighters on Saturday continued to make progress against a fire in Alpine that damaged or destroyed 18 structures and damaged eight others.

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