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Prescribed burns continue to put smoke over East County, another El Cajon trailer fire, Camp Pendleton Court Martial, new Bishop for the county and more of the day's need to know.

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Prescribed Burns Continue

Cal Fire crews are conducting prescribed burns in the East County this week to get rid of brush that could feed a wildfire.

The prescribed burns will take place from around 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. southwest of Pine Valley, according to Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler.

About 200 acres will be burned over the next few days as crews conduct daily prescribed burns in the area through Saturday, he said.

Smoke is expected to be visible in many areas of the county.

El Cajon Trailer Fire

A fire destroyed a mobile home at an El Cajon trailer park today and nearly killed the owner's small dog.

The blaze in the 700 block of South Second Street erupted shortly after 11 a.m., according to Heartland Fire & Rescue. It took crews about 20 minutes to extinguish the flames, said Monica Zech, a spokeswoman for the emergency-services agency.

Camp Pendleton Haditha Court Martial

Court martial proceedings are set to begin at Camp Pendleton this morning for a Marine accused of having been involved in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November of 2005.

Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich is charged with voluntary manslaughter and other counts. He is one of eight Marines charged in the case. The other seven have been exonerated or had the charges dropped. The Iraqis were shot to death after a Marine was killed in a roadside bombing.

New Bishop

Pope Benedict XVI selected an Orange County monsignor to succeed San Diego's retiring bishop, Robert Brom

The appointment of Cirilo Flores as coadjutor bishop took effect Thursday. He will be formally received by the Diocese of San Diego on Feb. 13.

Flores, 63, a Loyola Marymount graduate who went on to Stanford to earn a law degree, will become bishop in San Diego when Brom retires next year. He practiced law for about a decade before entering the priesthood in Camarillo in 1986.

The Corona, Calif., native was ordained in Orange County in 1991 and named auxiliary bishop in 2009. He has served on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops subcommittees on Latin America and Hispanic affairs.

Brom has been the bishop of San Diego since July 1990. In 2007, he approved the second-highest settlement in the U.S. for priest sex abuse cases, $198.1 million for 144 victims.

- All news roundups by City News Service

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