July 15, 2010 (San Diego's East County) - Rainfall aided firefighters in battling numerous fires in backcountry areas late today. Most were started by lightning strikes from thunderstorms. The largest blaze in San Felipe along the Banner Grade near Julian had reached over 100 acres by early evening and is burning toward the desert.
Smaller fires were swiftly controlled in other communities including Warner Springs, Campo, and Lakeside. Fast action by Lakeside resident Charley Barranco helped extinguish a brush fire in a on the Levy water pump station at Lake Jennnings Park.