Fires erupt amid California heat wave

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Firefighters are battling a brush fire on the outskirts of a San Diego County community as a high pressure system brings a spring heat wave to California.

The blaze erupted at late morning Tuesday on land outside neighborhoods of modern homes about 20 miles north of San Diego. Much of the surrounding land has been cleared for development.

An earlier fire in the Dulzura area of the County was contained at a third of an acre.

Forecasters expect record or near-record heat in California this week, but meteorologists say the predicted gusty Santa Ana winds have been more moderate and less widespread than initially expected.

Los Angeles and neighboring cities have activated parking restrictions in areas adjacent to brushlands so that fire trucks won't have difficulty getting through if needed.

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