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Fires force evacuation of two rural areas in San Diego County

August 14, 2012 |  5:56 pm

Fast-moving brush fires have forced the evacuation of two rural communities in northeast San Diego County, Cal Fire announced Tuesday afternoon.

The communities of Ranchita (population 400) and the San Felipe area off Highway 78 were ordered evacuated. Warner Springs High School will serve as a center for those displaced.

Four lightning fires east of Julian are being fought by more than 500 firefighters, along with air tankers and water-dropping helicopters. No structures have yet been reported damaged, according to Cal Fire.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego