Firefighter injured battling 10-acre Hawk Fire in East County


SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A firefighter was injured Friday battling a 10-acre vegetation fire in the Cleveland National Forest near the community of Alpine.

Crews were planning to work through the night to mop up the smoky fire, which was first reported shortly after 1 p.m. in an area on Japatul and Japatul Valley roads, Capt. Thomas Shoots said.

During the battle, one U.S. Forest Service firefighter was injured and taken to an area hospital for treatment, said the Forest Service’s Anabele Cornejo. An update on the firefighter’s condition was not immediately available.

Cal Fire assisted the U.S. Forest Service, which deployed four hand crews, 18 engines, one helicopter and three water tenders to fight the blaze, Cornejo said.

There was no reported structural damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

San Diego County is under a wildfire red flag warning until Saturday due to strong winds and low humidity.

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