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East County ‘Cowboy Fire’ 95 Percent Contained

The Cowboy Fire in East County is now 95 percent contained, and firefighters said they expect full containment today.

Firefighters expect to completely control the blaze by Tuesday at 6 p.m., said Roxanne Provaznik, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire.

The cost to fight the 827-acre fire reached $2.7 million today, she said.

Four of the 354 firefighters assigned to battle the blaze have been injured by the heat, bee strings and sprains, according to Provaznik.

The fire broke out along the Pacific Coast Trail about 1 p.m. Thursday when two people from Mexico illegally crossed the border, got lost and started a signal fire, firefighters said. Those people got away.

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