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East County

Fire swept through about 300 acres of grasslands near Lake Henshaw this morning after a controlled burn escaped from California State Forestry firefighters, a forestry department spokeswoman said.

Eleven fire engines, five air tankers, two helicopters, two bulldozers and 11 firefighters, working to form a fire line, fought the blaze, said Roxanne Stager, a fire information officer.

The controlled burn started about 8:15 a.m. and escaped about two hours later, she said. Forestry officials would not predict when the blaze would be brought under control.


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