Fire burns 120 acres in Mexico near Potrero

POTRERO, Calif. — East County residents near Potrero are not in any danger from a fire burning in Mexico, according to Cal Fire officials.

Smoke can be seen on the U.S. side in the border community, but the 120-acre fire was burning in a southeasterly direction toward the interior of Mexico, according to Capt. Isaac Sanchez of Cal Fire.

The fire broke out Saturday shortly before 2 p.m. south of Bell Valley and burned right up to the U.S./Mexico border, Sanchez said. But the fire turned back south in the evening.

At one point, Cal Fire and San Diego County Fire had 100 firefighters staged on the north side of the border to keep the fire from spreading into the U.S., Sanchez said.

Nine firefighters and three fire engines remained on the scene late Sunday morning as a precaution, according to Sanchez.