Posted: May 24, 2012 8:50 PM by Associated Press
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities say a wildfire that has forced evacuations in a sparsely populated community in southeastern San Diego County has grown to 1,200 acres.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Battalion Chief Nick Schuler says the blaze broke out at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday east of Julian near Banner Grade and quickly spread. It is 5 percent contained.
He says 100 homes in Shelter Valley are under evacuation orders.
State and federal firefighters are battling the blaze, with six air tankers and four helicopters.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory for the area, with gusts up to 45 mph forecast for Thursday night.
Shelter Valley is in an unincorporated area of the county, 12 miles east of Julian within the boundaries of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
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