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Crews stop forward spread of Dehesa Fire in East County

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 23:46:08-04

CREST, Calif. (KGTV) - The forward rate of spread of the Dehesa Fire burning in East County has been stopped, Cal Fire tweeted just after 5 p.m.

The flames broke out about 3 p.m. east of Dehesa and Sloane Canyon Roads near Sycuan Casino, Cal Fire officials told 10News. Sky10 video indicated the flames were on a ridge above the Sweetwater River and Beaver Hollow.

By 8 p.m. the fire had burned 200 acres and was 10 percent contained, Cal Fire reported.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Office tweeted evacuations were underway for a "handful of structures" at Sycuan Truck Trail and Japatul Road. Employees of the nearby Dehesa School District offices were told to go home. By 8 p.m., all evacuations were lifted.

Fire danger was increased due to dry weather Tuesday. Check conditions here.

"Today will bring mild Santa Ana winds with gusts of 25 to 35 miles per hour far inland to the mountains with humidity down to 15 to 30 percent with elevated fire danger," said 10News Meteorologist Angelica Campos.

There was no indication of what may have caused the fire.

The agency said it had 26 fire engines, 12 hand crews, and 3 water tenders on scene to mop up and construct containment lines Tuesday night.

Watch video from the fire below: