Crews contain Agua Caliente brush fire in San Diego County's Anza Borrego desert

A fire has grown to150 acres in the Agua Caliente area near Julian.
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A brush fire about 30 miles southeast of Julian sent a plume of smoke over far East County San Diego on Thursday and was fully contained days later, Cal Fire San Diego said.

The fire, dubbed the Great Fire, started at about 12:21 p.m. along Great Southern Overland in the Agua Caliente area of Anza-Borrego State Park, CalFire said, adding that wildfire was not threatening any structures.

The blaze grew to about 50 acres in just over an hour, which prompted CalFire to request additional firefighters. By 3 p.m., the fire had grown to 87 acres and, an hour later, had nearly doubled in size.

The 187-acre blaze is now fully contained. CalFire said crews halted the forward rate of spread at around 6:45 p.m. Thursday and by Friday morning, the fire has been contained about 50% contained.

About 90 firefighters, five helicopters, five water tenders and 15 fire engines were battling flames from above and on the ground.

Some light smoke could be seen rising above East County mountain ranges. The cause of the fire is not yet known and will be investigated, according to CalFire.

No other information was immediately available.

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