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Sweetwater Fire Erupts In East County

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A map shows the rough location of a brush fire dubbed Sweetwater Fire near Alpine in East County, Dec. 8, 2017.

San Diego Fires Fact Sheet

Lilac Fire

Size: 4,100 acres

Contained: 20%

Road Closures: Old Hwy 395 between W. Lilac Rd. & Hwy 76 in both directions

Sweetwater Fire

Size: 7 acres

Contained: 100%

UPDATE: 8:43 P.M., Dec. 8, 2017

The Sweetwater Fire that broke out this morning remains at eight acres and holding two hours after it ignited in the East County near Interstate 8 in Descanso, authorities said.

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The blaze erupted about 9:30 a.m. south of I- 8 just west of Japatul Valley Road, according to Cleveland National Forest firefighters.

RELATED: Parts Of Fallbrook In Ashes As Lilac Fire Rages On

The blaze broke out minutes before county officials briefed reporters on the Lilac Fire, which erupted for unknown reasons at about 11:25 a.m. Thursday just west of Interstate 15 and north of Lilac Road in Pala Mesa amid gusty, arid weather.

Strong and gusty Santa Ana winds drove the Lilac Fire on Thursday and most of the county remained under a "red flag" wildfire warning Friday due to the winds and low humidity levels. But those conditions were somewhat improved Friday with weaker winds and higher humidity levels, though the fire threat was still heightened.