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Cal Fire Assistance Needed at Prescribed Fire in Cuyamaca State Park

Cal Fire crews were called to assist the state Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) with a prescribed burn Tuesday in Cuyamaca State Park.

The agency had an engine and a hand crew on site since the fire was set, but sent a full response at around 3:30 p.m. in response to a request from the DPR.

The fire burned 20 to 25 acres near eastbound Interstate 8 at Japatul Valley Road. According to DPR Senior Environmental Scientist Dan McCamish, the department has an 80-acre burn planned Wednesday.

The prescribed burns are part of several planned by the Department of Parks and Rec. between Tuesday and March 15.

Those burns are part of a forest health and recovery project aimed at restoring parts of the forest ravaged by the Cedar Fire in 2003, according to the department.

No other information was available.

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Editor's Note: A previous version of this story said the fire was at one point burning out of control. The State Department of Parks and Recreation said the fire stayed within containment lines all day. We regret the error.

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