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Brush Fire Near Palomar Mountain Burns 170 Acres

A Cal Fire firefighter from Riverside helps fight the Cutca fire near Palomar Mountain in the Cleveland National Forest, July 24, 2015.
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A Cal Fire firefighter from Riverside helps fight the Cutca fire near Palomar Mountain in the Cleveland National Forest, July 24, 2015.

A wildfire scorches across the Palomar Mountain area, July 24, 2015.
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A wildfire scorches across the Palomar Mountain area, July 24, 2015.

A fire that blackened close to 170 acres of brush in a steep, remote area north of the Palomar Observatory was about 50 percent contained Monday morning, authorities said.

The so-called Cutca Fire broke out for unknown reasons off Palomar Divide Road east of Cutca Valley in the Cleveland National Forest shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, according to the U.S. Forest Service. No structures have been threatened and no injuries have been reported. Area campgrounds remained open.

Forest service officials said the about 425 firefighters working to extinguish the blaze would continue mopping up in the interior of the fire perimeter Monday morning, and cooler temperatures are expected to assist in the efforts.

Several hot spots remain in an area filled with critically dry chaparral and other fuels.

Motorists in the area were advised to slow down and watch out for firefighting equipment and personnel along the roadway.

The Forest Service said crews expected to have the fire fully contained by midnight Wednesday.