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Aerial attack quenches brush fire near El Capitan Reservoir

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UPDATE by News 8 Reporter Doug Kolk

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST (CBS 8) - The close proximity to the El Capitan Reservoir paid off for firefighters as aerial attack teams were able to use the large body of water for continuous drops over an area of land which burned in the 2003 Cedar Fires. 

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters have extinguished all flames but are keeping an eye on hotspots. The possibility of flair-ups continue throughout the day as the fire is currently zero percent contained.

Stay tuned to News 8 at 5 p.m. for the latest update.



CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST (CNS) - A brush fire consumed about 100 acres Wednesday in the Cleveland National Forest in the East County before crews halted the spread of the flames.

U.S. Forest Service firefighters, with help from Cal Fire and other nearby agencies, were battling the blaze, which broke out around 10:30 a.m. in an open area near El Capitan Reservoir and southeast of Ramona Country Estates.

Roxanne Provaznik of Cal Fire said four air tankers, four helicopters and four helitankers halted the spread of the flames, but there was no estimated time of containment. No structures were threatened, she said.

Flames burned down to the shore of the reservoir, but proximity to water gave the choppers a nearby place to refill after making drops.

The incident commander requested the large DC-10 air tanker to fly down from its base in Victorville, Provaznik said.

Noontime temperatures in that area of the East County were hovering around the century mark, according to the National Weather Service.

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