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East County vegetation fire scorches hundreds of acres

Blaze dubbed Overland Fire burns east of Mount Laguna
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Posted at 11:32 AM, Jun 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-20 22:45:18-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A brush fire burning in the remote East County desert Saturday has grown to more than 515 acres, Cal Fire reported.

The fire, dubbed the Overland Fire, was first reported to be 10 acres at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, according to Cal Fire San Diego. By 10 a.m., it had grown to 20-30 acres.

The blaze is currently holding at 515 acres with 25% containment, according to Cal Fire.

The remote location was making ground access difficult, according to Cal Fire. Air resources have been deployed to fight from above.

The fire was a half-mile west of County Highway S2.

"Light flash fuels, moderate rate of spread running uphill," Southern California Air Operations tweeted.

"Air attack advising it will be an extended attack fire due to inaccessibility issues," the agency said.

City News Service contributed to this report.