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Possible record heat across San Diego County prompts fire warning

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – San Diego County may be experiencing record breaking heat and that puts firefighters on high alert for wildfires.

After spending three hours in the boiling sun Sunday, extinguishing a fire in Lakeside, firefighters raced to another blaze in El Cajon.

"We just don't see fires take off like this in May, historically. But it might be an ominous sign of what our summer is going to be like," said Heartland Fire Battalion Chief Daryn Drum.

Mother Nature is throwing San Diego a curveball at a time when May Gray, not scorching hot temperatures, should be in the forecast.

Drum spent his Sunday afternoon, not just strategizing the best way to keep flames from destroying an apartment complex, but also how to keep his crews from passing out in the 95 degree heat.

"We called a 2nd alarm, not just because we had a lot of fire, but also we knew we'd have to replace our crews at a higher than normal rate and get them hydrated, cooled off and back in the game," explained Drum.

His plan worked. No firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion or other weather-related issues. But crews remain on alert, as even hotter temperatures are expected Monday.

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