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Firefighter Cole Bellatti hoses a hillside behind stores in the River Village shopping center at Highway 76 and South Mission Road as the Lilac Fire burns through Bonsall in 2017.  (Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune)

The San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego County firefighters will count on data, detection

By Gary Robbins, Rob Nikolewski

September 12, 2021

Runaway wildfires are always a possibility in the fall, when Southern California is raked by stiff Santa Ana winds that blow across the region’s ubiquitous chaparral, the most flammable mix of brush land vegetation in the country.

But this fire season may bring something truly hellacious.


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