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Lightning brings spate of fires in Southern Calif

Posted: August 13, 2012 9:00 p.m.
Updated: August 13, 2012 9:00 p.m.

A wildfire ignited by lightning continues to burn out of control in the highlands northeast of Warner Springs, Calif.

 

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lightning strikes in tinder dry areas of San Diego County have caused fires that have burned 1,000 acres.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Battalion Chief Nick Schuler says three lightning-sparked fires were burning northeast of Julian on Monday.

The fires now total 222 acres — or 1.5 square miles — and more than 500 firefighters and six aircraft are at work.

Another fire jumped from Mexico into San Diego County where it has burned about eight acres in the Otay Mesa area.

Joshua Tree National Park officials say a fire there has burned up to 300 acres, with flames moving through rocky, tree-covered hillsides. The scenic Keys View Road has been closed.

Moist, unstable air has been producing thunderheads as a heat wave grips the region.

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