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Cowboy fire in San Diego County contained; fire-starters not found

September 7, 2010 |  1:32 pm

CowboyThe Cowboy fire has been contained after burning 827 acres in a remote, brush-filled area of southeast San Diego County near the Mexican border, fire officials said Tuesday.

The two suspected illegal immigrants who started the fire as a signal after becoming lost have not been located despite a search by the Border Patrol and Cal Fire. The two called an emergency number in Mexico to report their action.

The blaze erupted Thursday between Campo and Portrero near the Pacific Crest Trail. At its height, 341 firefighters were fighting the blaze, backed by 10 aircraft and 22 engines. No structures were damaged.

Cost of the fire has been pegged at $2,325,537, officials said.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Early stage of the Cowboy fire. Credit: Cal Fire