ALPINE, Calif. – 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, 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 to the community of Alpine to the west, firefighters said. No one was injured in the fire.