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Rural SD brush fire 74 percent contained

A brush fire broke out in rural San Diego County on Saturday, and crews worked through the night to prevent spreading. Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked the blaze that began on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest.

August 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Light winds have helped fire crews contain a fast-moving brush fire that started Saturday in rural San Diego County.As of Monday morning, the blaze is 74 percent contained. Full containment is expected around 6 p.m.

The fire broke out on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest, about 10 miles east of Lakeside. It took 20 engine companies and 10 water-dropping aircraft about five hours to stop the fire's forward progress.

The fire is not threatening any homes, but it has prompted evacuations.

A pair of hikers and eight people in a cabin had to be rescued by a helicopter.

Also, some visitors to El Capitan Reservoir and El Monte Park had to be flown out.

"It's hard to explain how emotional it was, just not knowing how I'm going to get out," described Bryan Wettig, who was rescued from the fire.

According to officials, the fire has burned about 1,047 acres.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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