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September 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Lightning strikes have ignited two small brush fires in Shelter Valley, between Julian and Borrego Springs, Cal Fire confirms.


“There are two small fires for a total of about two acres,” Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohler informed ECM at 3:25 p.m. “The storm is producing precipitation,” he said, adding that crews are on hand, but no structures are threatened and rainfall  helped wet down the area.   


The fires are burning in inaccessible terrain. Incident Commander has ordered several hand crews that will be flown in.  The new crews will join aircraft and engines already on scene.  "We're thinking we'll get this knocked down real quick," Mohler added.


Note: Ann Hass, the owner of Butterfield Ranch, phoned ECM to report a fire a mile north of Butterfield Rancho on state park property, east of Box Canyon. It is unclear whether this is a third fire or one of the two already reported in the Borrego area.

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