SoCal wildfire update
(AP) – A cluster of four lightning-sparked wildfires in northeastern San Diego County now covers 2,352 acres. The largest blaze in the Vallecito Complex is 1,400 acres and is only 5 percent contained Tuesday.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says firefighting costs have topped $800,000.
The area is 50 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.
Elsewhere in Southern California, a 269-acre fire in Joshua Tree National Park is 35 percent contained, and San Bernardino County firefighters have a 60-acre blaze 60 percent contained near Needles. Embers from that lightning-sparked blaze blew across the Colorado River and 280 acres are ablaze on the Arizona side.