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Crews Reach 100 Percent Containment on Campo's 265-Acre Recycle Fire

The forward rate of spread has been stopped and the evacuation warning has been lifted

Cal Fire announced Friday that crews reached 100-percent containment on a just under 300-acre brush fire more than 48 hours after it first sparked.

Cal Fire San Diego said Thursday the brush fire, dubbed the Recycle Fire, was holding at 265 acres. The agency also determined the fire originated from an improperly extinguished campfire on private property.

The fast-moving fire sparked off State Route 94 near Campo Lake at about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday and grew to 25 acres in less than an hour before jumping to 250 acres in three hours, Cal Fire San Diego said.

About five homes on La Posta Road were warned they may need to evacuate if the blaze that was heading east moved closer to homes. 

By 3 p.m., the fire's forward progress had been stopped and the evacuation warning was lifted. 

Crews made some progress containing the fire Wednesday night and had the blaze 15 percent contained by 6 p.m. 

Images: Recycle Fire Burns Near Campo Lake

Cameras Wednesday afternoon showed a plume of gray smoke rising above the mountains. Firefighters were making water drops using at least three planes, NBC 7 crews at the scene said.

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