Firefighters work to stomp out 200-acre wildfire in East County

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CAMPO, Calif. – Firefighters continued to battling a 200-acre brush fire in the southeastern reaches of San Diego County Monday night.

A brush fire spread over several hundred brushy open acres in Campo, threatening back- country homes and a naval training center as ground and airborne crews worked to subdue the flames.

The blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 2 p.m. off La Posta and Royal Willie roads in Campo, Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez said.  La Posta Road was closed at Highway 94 and Old Highway 80.

Within about two hours, the flames had spread over roughly 200 acres, sheriff's officials reported. By 5:30 p.m., Cal Fire reported they had halted the spread of the flames and evacuations were lifted.

By 6 p.m. Tuesday, officials said the fire was 80 percent contained.

Authorities had cleared people out of structures potentially in the path of the flames, including homes and Mountain Warfare Training Camp Michael Monsoor.

Ground crews and personnel aboard air tankers and water-dropping helicopters battled the blaze, dubbed the Eclipse Fire in a nod to Monday's widely viewed passage of the moon in front of the sun.

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