SAN DIEGO – Crews with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection are helping firefighters with the Cleveland National Forest to battle a brush fire that has grown to 188 acres in East County, officials updated on Tuesday.

The blaze broke out in the Pine Valley region early Monday near Pine Creek Road and Noble Canyon, CalFire officials said in a tweet. The fire initially started at 20 acres but then quickly spread over 120 acres.

The blaze’s forward rate of spread has stopped and is currently 25% contained, according to the Cleveland National Forest.

“Firefighters will continue to put in containment lines around the perimeter and mop up,” the forest service tweeted.  

CalFire did not specify what time exactly the fire started or the origin point. Cleveland National Forest is currently leading the efforts and officials say that CalFire and San Diego County Fire will continue to provide assistance as needed.

Pine Creek Road is closed as officials attempt to stop the fire from spreading.

Check back for updates on this developing story.