Large Baja wildfire edges into San Diego area

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A wildfire burning in Baja California sent several offshoots over the international line south of Boulevard Thursday, blackening about 15 open acres on the U.S. side before crews could douse the flames.

The northern edge of the roughly 600-acre Mexico fire, which has been spreading since Wednesday, crossed into the southeastern reaches of San Diego County near Boundary Peak in the late morning, according to Cal Fire. No structures were threatened.

The state agency sent eight ground teams, four air tankers and three helicopters to beat back the flames, which were being pushed to the northeast by prevailing winds, Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler said. One crew member suffered mild heat exhaustion while working the lines.

By mid-afternoon, the firefighters had halted the spread of the blazes on the northern side of the border, aided by personnel with Heartland Fire & Rescue, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, and the U.S. Border Patrol, Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service.

Cal Fire also sent crews over the international boundary to battle the flames on Mexican terrain in a bid to keep them from entering the United States again.

The firefighters were expected to be dousing hot spots “well into the night,” said Roxanne Provaznik, an information officer for the state agency.

“We will continue to monitor the fire activity in Mexico to determine any threat,” Provaznik added.

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