CAMPO (AP) -- Firefighters found a dead body in a burned house Monday as they raced the winds to contain Southern California wildfires that destroyed 20 homes and threatened several hundred more in rural areas.
Winds gusting to 25 mph were expected in the afternoon in southeastern San Diego County, where a three-square-mile fire churned slowly through hilly brushlands in a desert area near the U.S.-Mexico border.
It's too soon to know the gender of the body found Monday inside a home on Tierra del Sol Road near Campo, said Cal Fire spokesman Richard Cordova.
Sheriff's officials say neighbors were worried about a missing man who refused to evacuate and whose car was still at his home. U-T San Diego described the man as an 82-year-old with one leg.
The 2,000-acre blaze was 10 percent surrounded Monday. About 80 homes were ordered evacuated near the Campo Indian Reservation.
"The winds are picking up, but we still have cooler temperatures" and firefighters hoped to make progress, said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. Mike Mohler.
The fire has destroyed 20 homes, damaged 10 and burned 15 outbuildings since it erupted Sunday, Mohler said.
An evacuation center was set up at a high school in the nearby community of Pine Valley. Many residents gathered at the Golden Acorn Casino, which also served as the command post for firefighters, to learn whether their homes were still standing.
Christopher Kirchner told U-T San Diego that the place he rents was about 200 feet from a residence that burned down.
"I was just talking to some of my neighbors," Kirchner said. "They were crying and saying they had no place to go. We've heard rumors that our place is still standing, but nobody will tell us anything."