Crews make progess on El Cajon Mountain wildfire

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lakeside fire LAKESIDE, Calif – A wildfire that spread over rugged open terrain near El Capitan Reservoir was 75 percent contained and holding at 112 acres Wednesday morning.

The so-called Monte Fire erupted for unknown reasons off the 15800 block of El Monte Road in the Lakeside area shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Forest Service. No structures were damaged or threatened, and no injuries reported as of 10:30 a.m.

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

Both ground and airborne crews were called in to battle the flames, the Forest Service reported.

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