San Diego County Fire Contained

ALPINE, Calif. (AP) - A 75-acre wildfire that briefly threatened scattered canyon homes Saturday in eastern San Diego County was
fully surrounded, while two larger blazes farther north were also
contained, authorities said.

The blaze, which was reported around 1:15 p.m. near the unincorporated foothill community of Harbison Canyon, was 100 percent contained as of 6 p.m. and had not damaged any homes, said
Capt. Nick Schuler of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire burned through steep stretches of buckwheat, mustard and wild grasses but firefighters managed to stop its spread by late afternoon. About 255 firefighters, aided by helicopter, battled the blaze.

The fire was in an area with mainly light grasses. Larger brush and trees were burned away by the massive Cedar Fire of 2003, which
destroyed more than 3,000 homes and killed 16 people.

Meanwhile, firefighters on Saturday contained two wildfires in Kern County.

One fire was reported about 10 a.m. Saturday at a campground in the Kern River Canyon, said Capt. Alex Entenman of Kern County Fire. It grew to 385 acres before firefighters were able to surround it Saturday night, he said. No injuries were reported and no structures damaged.

The second fire, a 500-acre blaze, threatened 50 homes near a mountain pass before being surrounded at 6 a.m.

That fire broke out about 9:30 a.m. Friday and burned through grassland and brush in the Grapevine area along Interstate 5 in the
Tehachapi Mountains.

Residents of some 50 homes in Digier Canyon were advised to leave but the threat ended and the fire basically had stopped growing by Friday evening.

Moist overnight weather kept it down, Diffenbaugh said.

"As soon as the sun went own, the humidity came down quite a bit, so that helped," he said.

About 200 firefighters, aided by aircraft, fought the blaze.

One firefighter suffered a minor leg injury, Diffenbaugh said.

The fire's cause was under investigation.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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