Great Fire now 70 percent contained

JULIAN (CNS) – The so-called Great Fire, which has scorched 2,000 acres
of brush in the Julian area, was 75 percent contained Tuesday, according to Cal

About 1,000 firefighters were battling the blaze, which erupted about 1
p.m. Saturday east of Julian, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said.

Full containment was expected Thursday, Schuler said, noting that the
temperature has dropped about 15 degrees, helping with the fire-suppression

The cooler temperature stems from a storm that arrived early today out
of the Gulf of Alaska, bringing with it the expectation of scattered showers
throughout the day. According to the National Weather Service, much heavier
rainfall and even cooler temperatures are likely Wednesday before fairer
weather returns to the region Friday.

No injuries or structural damage have been reported as a result of the
Great Fire, though about two dozen buildings at the edges of Mastro Trailer
Ranch east of Banner Grade were threatened for a time over the weekend.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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