Shooting blamed for causing wildfire in Ranchita

SAN DIEGO - The cause of a 25-acre brush in the San Diego County's back-country Sunday was gunfire, according to Cal Fire officials.

Cal Fire spokesman Kendal Bortisser said investigators determined some sort of shooting started the wildfire.

The blaze was reported at 1:02 p.m., near Montezuma Valley Road and Chimney Rock Road in the unincorporated area of Ranchita, according to the California Highway Patrol. The area is about 50 miles northeast of San Diego and less than 30 miles west of the Imperial county line.

Cal Fire San Diego said the fire was estimated at 25 acres and 40 percent containment as of about 7:30 p.m. It had initially been reported as between three to five acres in size.

No structures were threatened.

This story originally had  the location as Warner Springs.