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Firefighters gaining on San Diego County wildfire

August 21, 2010 |  6:11 pm

Firefighters were gaining control Saturday of a wildfire that ignited in rural central San Diego County, charring 3,000 acres of dry brush and forcing the evacuation of visitors to nearby county parks.

The fire, which began about 1 p.m. on the edge of Cleveland National Forest 10 miles east of Lakeside, was about 10% contained by late afternoon, said Roxanne Provaznik, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

One firefighter was treated for minor injuries. No structures were damaged as the fire burned away from homes into the forest, Provaznik said.

Firefighters were battling the blaze with fire repellent and water dropped from four air tankers, six helicopters and three helitankers, she said.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

“We’re making good progress on it now,” Provaznik said. “The smoke has died down. And as it cools down, firefighters plan to work through the night to get full containment and control.”

-- Teresa Watanabe