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Containment of General Fire expected Wednesday

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 1,020-acre brush fire sparked by recreational shooting in remote terrain southeast of Julian is expected to be fully contained Wednesday, authorities said.

The so-called General Fire broke out in the Banner Grade area, south of State Route 78 and east of SR 79, about noon Sunday and was 85 percent contained as of 6 a.m., when 750 firefighters were deployed, according to Cal Fire.

The state firefighting agency reported four injuries, including at least one minor, but released no further details. No structures were damaged.

Recreational shooting sparked the blaze, Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler said. It was not immediately clear if any suspects had been identified, cited or arrested.

The blaze, dubbed the General Fire due to its proximity to a landmark general store in the area, burned several miles from the site of the nearly 2,800-acre San Felipe Fire.

The San Felipe Fire broke out in desert territory north of Scissors Crossing on Thursday afternoon, when Cal Fire lost control of a prescribed burn. The agency said it had intended to clear about 100 acres of brush but flames began spreading out of control due to unexpected wind shifts.

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