Blaze started by firefighters burns out of control

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San-Felipe-FireSAN FELIPE, Calif. — Crews working to extinguish an East County wildfire that began as a prescribed burn had the 1,800-acre burn zone east of Julian about 60 percent contained as of Friday afternoon.

An unexpected wind shift caused the blaze in the San Felipe area, north of State Route 79, to begin spreading uncontrollably through rugged, remote terrain shortly before 12:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Cal Fire.

Though it became much larger than intended, the fire — originally planned as a roughly 100-acre brush-clearing operation — never posed any structural threats, the state agency reported.

One crew member suffered a minor injury while working the lines.

Cal Fire had no estimate for full containment of the blaze.

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