Wild Cat Canyon fire. Photo courtesy of News8

Updated at 6 p.m. June 18, 2015

Crews worked Thursday to contain the smoldering remnants of a wildfire that blackened about 170 open acres near the Barona Casino.

As of late afternoon, firefighters had the burn zone off Wildcat Canyon Road in the Lakeside area roughly 68 percent surrounded, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze, which erupted for unknown reasons near Akuunyaa Way shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, caused no reported structural damage but left two of the personnel working the fire lines in need of emergency care.

Late this morning, a firefighter suffered some type of medical problem and had to be airlifted out of the area for treatment, Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said. The nature of the ailment was unclear.

On Wednesday, a crew member sustained a minor hand injury while battling the wind-driven flames.

The blaze, dubbed the Wildcat Fire, threatened some back-country homes for a time, forced a closure of a stretch of Wildcat Canyon Road and prompted deputies to clear people out of seven homes in the southeastern reaches of Barona Indian Reservation as a precaution. The evacuees were advised to wait out the blaze at the nearby casino.

—City News Service

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