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2,000-Acre ‘Great Fire’ Near Julian Prompts Closure Of Highway 78

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A wildfire in a rural area of central San Diego County has grown to 2,000 acres and forced the closure of a highway.

Cal Fire spokeswoman Roxanne Provaznik said Sunday that the blaze is burning through thick brush in the mountains about ten miles east of Julian, at the edge of Anzo-Borrego Desert State Park.

Route 78 is closed between Wynola Road and Scissors Crossing and traffic is diverted through Warner Springs.

The blaze, which was reported Saturday afternoon, is five percent contained.

Provaznik says flames are moving away from populated areas on land owned by California State Parks and the Bureau of Land Management.

About 1,000 firefighters are on the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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