Julian wildfire containment drops

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(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

JULIAN, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire threatening dozens of vacation homes in the Southern California desert has grown by 500 acres.

State fire officials say the blaze scorched about 4.5 square miles in San Diego County Monday. Containment has dropped to 15 percent, down from 20 percent earlier in the day.

State fire spokesman Mike Mohler says the fire, which began Saturday afternoon near the town of Julian, forced about 30 people from campgrounds in the Cleveland National Forest and from rural homes.

The flames threaten 120 buildings, but most are unoccupied vacation cabins.

Nearly 1,200 firefighters, aided by 18 aircraft and seven bulldozers, were sent to battle the blaze in thick brush. The rocky terrain is so steep that some crews were ferried in by helicopter.

Four firefighters have received minor injuries.

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