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Crews Rely on Air Support to Fight Hard-to-Reach Brush Fire Near Otay Reservoir

CrimeCrews Rely on Air Support to Fight Hard-to-Reach Brush Fire Near Otay Reservoir

Cal Fire border firesFlames seen Sunday as firefighters and air crews battle a 60-acre brush fire. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

Firefighters on the ground and in the air were battling a vegetation fire Sunday southeast of Otay Reservoir, Cal Fire San Diego said.

At 2:15 p.m., Cal Fire reported on Twitter that crews had halted spread of the fire at 100 acres. That’s an hour after officials said the fire was 5% contained with a moderate rate of spread.

“Difficult ground access and smoky conditions remain,” Cal Fire said initially.

Capt. Thomas Shoots told OnScene.TV crews were attempting to reach the remote area from Otay Lakes Road. No evacuations were planned.

“Not a whole lot of structures in this area, which buys us a little bit more time before we really start getting into some of those more challenging conditions,” he said.

The fire was first reported at 10 acres shortly before noon. It’s the 27th fire at the border this year and the second on Sunday.

Cal Fire and Border Patrol officials will investigate to determine a cause. No injuries have been reported.

– City News Service and staff reports

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