Investigators to determine if charges will be sought in Gunfire-sparked Wilson Fire

RANCHITA (KUSI) — Firefighters were working Monday to contain a 25-acre brush fire in a rural area of San Diego County that authorities said was caused by gunfire. 

Target shooters accidentally ignited the blaze near Wilson and Montezuma Valley roads in Ranchita, a rural community southeast of Warner Springs, about 1 p.m. Sunday, according to Cal Fire. By Monday evening, the blaze was 100 percent contained. 

The area is about 50 miles northeast of San Diego and less than 30 miles west of the Imperial County line.

The fire Sunday was spreading at a moderate rate of speed, Cal Fire officials said. Ground and airborne personnel fighting the flames amid hot and dry
conditions had the spread of the fire halted within about three hours, said Kendal Bortisser, a spokesman for the state agency.

No open flame remained in the area as of Monday afternoon, though crews continued dousing hot spots, according to Bortisser. 

Investigators will determine whether to seek criminal or civil sanctions against the people who sparked the blaze while firing guns on private property near Culp Valley Campground. The responsible parties made an emergency call to report the fire, remained in the area and were cooperative with authorities, Bortisser said.

The blaze, dubbed the Wilson Fire, posed no structural threats and caused no reported injuries. 

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