Crews battle wildfire near El Capitan Reservoir

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LAKESIDE, Calif. — Fire crews fought a brush fire burning in steep, rugged terrain near El Capitan Reservoir Tuesday afternoon.

Helicopters and air tankers were dropping water and fire retardant on the steep slopes of El Cajon Mountain north of El Monte Road between El Monte County Park and El Capitan Dam.

Helicopter Water DropThe fire was reported at about 1 p.m and dozens of wildland fire engines had transported ground crews to the blaze. Firefighters used hand tools to cut a containment line around the slow moving fire.

At least three helicopters were shuttling between the reservoir and the fire making water drops.

Ground and airborne crews worked to contain the flames, which blackened roughly 110 acres by early evening, the federal agency reported.

The blaze moved away from developed areas as it spread through the outskirts of Cleveland National Forest, authorities said.


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