Crews prevent East County wildfire from spreading

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ALPINE, Calif. โ€“ Firefighters threw ground and air resources at a brush fire in East County Friday morning, preventing it from spreading out of control.

The brush fire, dubbed the Sweetwater fire,ย  was reported at about 9:30 a.m. south of Interstate 8 off of Japatul Valley Road in the Cleveland National Forest. . By 10 a.m., the fire had blackened about seven acres, according to the Forest Service.

Fire crews attacking the fire with ground crews and aerial retardant and water drops. Two air tankers and a helicopter continued making runs at the blaze as hand crews cut a fire line with shovels and chain saws. By 11:30, the fire was contained and air crews were called off.

The fire never threatened any structures, but it posed a potential threat toย  the community of Alpine to the west, firefighters said.ย  No one was injured in the fire.

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