Northern San Diego County fire chars 1,000 acres, spreading fast
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.
--Tony Perry in San Diego
Image: Map shows approximate location of fire. Credit: Google Maps