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Multiple Brush Fires In East County Under Control

Smoke from the brush fire burning off the 8 East in El Cajon.

Photo by Angela Carone

Above: Smoke from the brush fire burning off the 8 East in El Cajon.

EL CAJON, Calif. — Three brush fires erupted in quick succession alongside a roughly 10-mile stretch of Interstate 8 in the East County Thursday, quickly blackening dozens of acres and threatening some homes.

The fires began spreading shortly before 5:30 p.m. near Greenfield Drive, Los Coches Road and Dunbar Lane, according to Cal Fire. The flames moved up slopes through heavy vegetation, moving in the direction of some residences, said Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler.

Ground crews and personnel aboard water-dropping helicopters and air tankers were making good progress in halting the flames, Mohler said.

The fires are holding at just over 40 acres and the threat to structures has been mitigated.

No structures were damaged in the blaze and no injuries were reported.

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