Fire in East County Is Controlled Burn

A fire burning to the east of San Diego is part of a controlled burn, Cal Fire officials said.

The column of smoke rising from the East County is visible to many residents across the county around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The project area is Cuyamaca Rancho State Park west of State Route 79 and Lake Cuyamaca.

Cal Fire officials say they have necessary staff and equipment on hand including engines, tankers, and may include helicopters.

NBC 7’s Matt Rascon reports on the fire that destroyed a family’s belongings and killed one of their pets.

Still, there may be residual smoke visible throughout the week.

Cal Fire and California State Parks officials were working together to set the fire as part of Cuyamaca's on-going reforestation project.

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