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Watching the smoke signals in San Diego County

Steve Lopez is in San Diego County reporting from the fires. He will file updates throughout the day. 5:00 p.m., Red Mountain Lane, Fallbrook I'm standing on the front porch of a house that no longer exists. The windows are gone. The front door is gone. And I can see through the house to the back door, which is also gone. At my feet, is a doorknob that has fallen into the ashes of what used to be the door. Walking on the scorched front lawn, I can hear crunching under my feet, and little clouds of black dust spring up with each step. A vinyl fence between this house and the next has flopped over like taffy. The only thing that survived the fire is a putting green with a sand trap....

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