Two Homes Burn in Banner Fire (CA)

At least two homes burned in a fast-moving brush fire that threatened 200 homes near Julian, reports NBC San Diego.

The Banner Fire was reported at 10:38 a.m. in the Whispering Pines area according to Cal Fire officials.

NBC 7 news crews witnessed homes burning along Woodland Road, east of State Route 78. Cal Fire confirmed two homes burned.

“Smokey, red, horrible,” one resident said of the fire that came up right behind his home.

San Diego County sheriff’s deputies evacuated residents in the Kentwood and Whispering Pines areas as well as those living along Ramona Drive.

The 100-acre fire sparked along Banner Grade in the area east of downtown Julian.

More than 100 firefighters are on scene aided by a half dozen aircraft including 2 helicopters and four air tankers, Cal Fire officials told NBC News.

There were also two water tenders and an air tanker from the U.S. along with one hot shot crew and five engines.

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