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Firefighters battling remote vegetation fire near Pala Casino

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Firefighters were battling a vegetation fire that broke out in Pala Saturday.

Units were dispatched around 11:10 a.m. Saturday to reports of smoke in a remote area of San Diego County, south of the Pala Casino near state Route 76, according to Cal Fire officials.

"The fire was held by retardant at one-eighth of an acre, with potential for 20 acres," a Cal Fire public information officer told City News Service. "Aircraft are on scene and crews are hiking to situate control lines."

The fire was a large spot in a rock outcropping with limited ground access. Units were expected to remain committed through the afternoon, fire officials said.

As of 4:30 p.m., firefighters were still battling the flames, Cal Fire Capt. Mike Cornette told NBC 7.

No evacuations or injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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