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Eagle Fire chars 2,500 acres in northeastern San Diego County

July 22, 2011 |  4:56 pm

The Eagle Fire in a remote part of northeastern San Diego County has now burned 2,500 brush-filled acres and is moving east toward the desert, pushed by high temperatures, low humidity and increasing winds, fire officials said late Friday afternoon.

The fire, which started Thursday night, is burning on land controlled by the California state parks system and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. There were no reports of injuries or damage to structures.

Fire officials list the blaze as only 5% contained. Early Friday morning, estimates were more optimistic: that the fire was 10% contained.

Some 567 firefighters, seven air tankers and nine water-bearing helicopters are fighting the blaze, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.


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