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Update 2:40 p.m. The fire is holding at 7 acres.

August 7, 2012 (San Diego's East County) - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the south central portions of San Diego including but not limited to Pine Valley, Descanso and Morena Village.  

In addition, a flash flood watch is in effect for East County's mountains and high desert areas. Hundreds of low water crossings are potentially dangerous in heavy rains, the NWS warns; do not attempt to drive through flooded roads as even a few inches of swiftly moving water can sweep a vehicle away.

Cal-Fire representative Mike Mohler has informed ECM that a 5-acre fire, possibly started by lightning, is burning in a remote area of Potrero, where hand crews are battling the blaze.  Equipment assigned includes 7 engines, 1 watertender, 1 bull dozer, 6 handcrews, 1 air attack, 2 air tankers, 2 helicopters.  http://maps.google.com/?q=32.623044,-116.613494"


In addition, an excessive heat watch remains in effect for this week, with high temperatures forecast to reach up to 118 in low deserts, 113 in high deserts, 108 in inland valleys and up to 100 in mountain areas.  Avoid strenous outdoor activities and if you must be outdoors, wear light clothing and drink plenty of water. The heat wave is forecast to last through Friday and possibly Saturday.

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