Fire erupts in central San Diego County

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Associated Press

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 3:34 PM

JULIAN, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that's forced the evacuation of 200 homes in central San Diego County has now burned 100 acres and is sending up a giant plume of smoke near the mountain town of Julian.

Deputies are going door-to-door in the unincorporated rural communities of Whispering Pines and Kentwood-in-the-Pines.

State fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser says the fire is spreading at a moderate to rapid pace. There's no word on the cause.

The fire broke out sometime before 10:30 a.m. near Highway 78.

No injuries are reported.

Wildfires have repeatedly threatened Julian and surrounding areas near the Cleveland National Forest.

An 11-square-mile fire in July 2013 destroyed more than 100 mountain cabins. The 2003 Cedar Fire burned more than 400 square miles in the county and destroyed hundreds of homes.

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