Border Fire in San Diego County burns 7,609 acres; 85 percent contained

Flames from the Border Fire eat through dry brush in a rural San Diego County community. (KABC)

A wildfire in San Diego County, dubbed the Border Fire, has burned more than 7,600 acres and is 85 percent contained, fire officials said Sunday.

More than 1,400 firefighters, along with helicopters, dozens of hand crews and water tenders, worked to quell the flames of a blaze that broke out a week ago.

It happened in the community of Potrero, which is near the U.S.-Mexico border. The fast-moving fire prompted evacuations for the rural community, along with surrounding areas, and caused road closures.

But by Thursday, all the evacuation orders and road closures were lifted as firefighters gained the upper hand. Only a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail remained closed to hikers.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

City News Service contributed to this report.
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