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Photos by Tamar Carter

September 26, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Three fires burning in East County have now charred a total of 40 acres.  All three started off I-8 at Dunbar Lane in Alpine, Greenfield Drive in El Cajon, and Los Coches in the Lakeside/El Cajon area.

“Forward spread is stopped,” Mike Mohler with Cal Fire told East County Magazine at 7:45 p.m.   “Residents should be informed that there are still open fire lines and engine lines will remain in the area through probably mid-day tomorrow.”

No evacuation orders are currently in place and residents have been allowed back home, he added. Earlier, 10 news reported some residents on Lotus Lane had been advised to evacuate.  No structures have been damaged.

Authorities are investigating the possibility of arson, though a vehicle malfunction may also have been the cause, Mohler said. 

“You can now see fire crews with flash lights all over the mountain, some small flames and we can hear chain saws from the fire crews,” said Tamar McCarter in an e-mail to ECM this evening.

The easternmost fire is on Crestridge Ecological Reserve; a very steep section across the freeway from Summer's Past Herbs Farm, a reader informed ECM at 8:38 p.m.

A fire weather watch is expected to be in effect tomorrow, with a possibility of elevation to a red flag alert by this weekend.

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