Border Fire 100 percent contained at 7,609 acres

POTRERO (KUSI) — 6/30/2016 — Cal Fire reported Thursday that the Border Fire was 100 percent contained at 7,609 acres.

6/29/2016 — The Border Fire that broke out near Potrero ten days ago was 97 percent contained Wednesday as more fire crews were called off the blaze. The 7,609-acre wildfire that leveled homes and forced widespread evacuations in East County broke out last Sunday.

78 fire personnel continued to fight the blaze Wednesday, according to Cal Fire. The three remaining helicopters were battling the blaze were called off Monday. The cause of the fire, which started near state Routes 94 and 188 just north of the U.S.-Mexico line, remains under investigation.

"Firefighters continue to strengthen containment lines and mop up on the fire,” Capt. Kendal Bortisser said in a statement. "SDG&E and AT&T continue to make repairs on many of the downed power lines and the replacement of poles. Suppression repair has been implemented and is ongoing."

Residents were asked to continue to listen to and follow the directions of all emergency personnel. All evacuation orders were lifted late Thursday. All roads were open in the burn area, but the Pacific Crest Trail remained closed to hikers.

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