Brush Fire Burns Along U.S.-Mexico Border Fence

By Monica Garske
|  Thursday, May 23, 2013  |  Updated 6:39 AM PDT
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100-Acre Fire Burns Along Border Fence

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A fire burning near the U.S.-Mexico border fence scorched dozens of acres Wednesday, Cal Fire officials said.

The fire sparked around 4 p.m. at Alta Road and Tin Can Hill. Cal Fire officials said the blaze was burning near the U.S. side of the border fence, but originated in Mexico.

By 5:50 p.m., Cal Fire officials said the fire had burned approximately 100 acres of vegetation. The fire was burning at a moderate rate of spread in light brush, but firefighters were getting a solid handle on it.

By 7:10 p.m., fire officials confirmed the fire was holding at 100 acres, and was 80 percent contained.

Officials said no structures were threatened and no injuries were immediately reported.

A total of 17 engines, six fire crews, four air tankers, two helicopters, one bulldozer, three water tenders and two chief officers helped battle the fire, Cal Fire officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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