Brush fire reported east of Julian

Update, May 26, 5 p.m.—

City News Service reports the brush fire scorched about 450 acres.

Update, May 26, 3 p.m.—

Crews battled a brush fire southeast of Julian that scorched about 40 acres of brush today, fire officials said.

No structures were threatened by the so-called General Fire, which was called in shortly after noon south of state Route 78 in the Banner Grade area, according to Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler.

Firefighters requested state Route 78 be closed between Wynola Road east of Julian and county Highway S-2 at Scissors Crossing. But California Highway Patrol officers on that 10-mile stretch of road said conditions were

rapidly changing, and the road from Julian to Imperial County was open but being watched.

Mohler said the blaze was separate from the San Felipe Fire, which blackened about 2,650 acres of desert north of Scissors Crossing, about 30 miles east of Julian.

The General Fire's cause remained under investigation, Mohler said.

Original post—CalFire crews are battling a 40-acre brush fire off state Route 78 in the Banner Grade area east of Julian. No structures are threatened.

The fire in Rodriguez Canyon south of Highway 78 is burning toward Granite Mountain, according to the CHP website.

   
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