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Fire broke out close to the 1300 block of Aurora Drive in El Cajon.

The fire started on a open space preserve and burned close to homes. A 100-foot firebreak along the east edge of the preserve helped stop the fire from advancing closer to homes that line the preserve.

There are numerous homeless camps in the area where the fire appeared to start. Saturday, August 17 a fire broke out in a homeless camp area across I-8 south of where the fire burned on August 20.

Sheriff Fire and Rescue Chopper 10 helped douse the flames as ground crews worked their way eastward and southward to surround the fire. Fire engine units were parked in driveways of homes along the edge of the open space preserve. As of 4:00 p.m. the fire was completely out.

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John Kitchin Aug. 21, 2013 @ 5:32 p.m.

There have been enough of these that I suspect someone is trying to burn down the homeless camps, and I mean a non-homeless arsonist, trying to get homeless out of their area.

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John Kitchin Aug. 23, 2013 @ 11:12 p.m.

It was recently surmised that these were caused by a serial arsonist, who is being sought.

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John Kitchin Aug. 25, 2013 @ 12:13 p.m.

Note that this occurred in Lakeside, not El Cajon, although the addresses involved are served by the El Cajon Post Office. I lived in this area 25 years. The area between El Cajon City and Alpine is Lakeside, but your mail has an El Cajon address.

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