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Firefighters monitoring blaze close to the border

TECATE, Mexico — Firefighters were monitoring a brush fire in Tecate, Mexico, that was burning roughly one-eighth of a mile away from the U.S.-Mexico border, Cal Fire officials said Wednesday.

The fire was about 2 miles south of the border shortly before 4:30 p.m. with between 500 and 1,000 acres burned.

By 5:30 p.m. the fire had traveled north and was about one-eighth of a mile away from the border. Officials said Cal Fire had directed resources to the area to monitor the fire’s progress.

Capt. Issac Sanchez, a public information officer with Cal Fire San Diego, said Cal Fire would continue monitoring the blaze overnight. “At this point this evening it is still south of the border, but we do have a significant Cal Fire presence in the event that it makes any runs north,” Sanchez said shortly before sundown on Wednesday.

Sanchez added that firefighters had treated areas north of the border using airdrops as a precautionary measure to “essentially minimize the opportunity for the fire to not only jump the border but establish itself on the north side and give us an opportunity to catch it.”

Check back on this developing story for updates.

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