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Southern California wildfire threatening cabins

Posted: July 8, 2013 10:07 a.m.
Updated: July 8, 2013 10:07 a.m.

JULIAN, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews are making slow progress against a 4-square-mile wildfire threatening dozens of vacation homes in the Southern California desert.

The 2,500-acre blaze in the Anza-Borrego area of San Diego County is just 20 percent contained Monday. Crews could face 107-degree heat and 30-mph winds in the afternoon.

State fire spokesman Mike Mohler says the blaze, which began Saturday afternoon, forced about 30 people from campgrounds in the Cleveland National Forest and from rural homes.

He says the blaze threatens 120 buildings but most are unoccupied vacation cabins.

Nearly 1,200 firefighters, aided by 18 aircraft and seven bulldozers, are battling flames in thick brush. The rocky terrain is so steep that some crews are being ferried in by helicopter.

Four firefighters have received minor injuries.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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