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Northern San Diego County fire chars 1,000 acres, spreading fast

May 24, 2012 |  5:00 pm

Map shows approximate location of fire.

The brush fire east of Julian in northern San Diego County, now called the Banner fire, has burned 1,000 acres and has a "rapid rate of spread" toward the Anza-Borrego desert, according to Cal-Fire.

Evacuations are underway in the Shelter Valley area. The fire broke out about 2:30 p.m.

Cal-Fire has 20 engines, 200 firefighters, and air tankers and air-drop helicopters on the scene and an order has gone out for more firefighters and equipment.

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Image: Map shows approximate location of fire. Credit: Google Maps

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