Firefighters contain blaze east of Julian

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julian-fireBANNER GRADE, Calif. — A firearm-sparked wildfire that blackened about 1,270 open acres since last weekend in remote, rugged terrain southeast of Julian was fully contained Friday, authorities said.

The blaze in the Banner Grade area of eastern San Diego County caused no reported structural damage and necessitated no evacuations, according to Cal Fire. A half-dozen firefighters suffered minor injuries while working the lines.

Recreational shooting sparked the conflagration — dubbed the General Fire due to its proximity to a landmark general store in the area — south of state Route 78 and east of state Route 79 about noon Sunday. The flames mostly moved in an easterly direction, toward desert terrain, according to the state agency.

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