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Lightning-triggered fires in San Diego County burn 9,325 acres

August 15, 2012 |  7:51 am

Five lightning-caused brushfires have burned 9,325 acres in northeast San Diego County and are threatening 400 structures, Cal-Fire said Wednesday morning.

Called the Vallecito Lightning Complex, the fires are 15% contained and have forced evacuation of the rural communities of Ranchita and the San Felipe area off Highway 78. The fires began near Julian.

About 1,450 firefighters are battling the blazes, backed by five water-dropping helicopters. Two injuries have been reported.

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