Updated at 7:23 p.m. May 22, 2017:
Crews working to contain the smoldering remnants of a wildfire that blackened about 2,055 open acres in the far southern reaches of San Diego County over the last several days had the task nearly complete Monday.
The burn zone of the so-called The Gate Fire was 95 percent surrounded as of 6 p.m., according to Cal Fire.
The blaze, which erupted late Saturday morning near state Route 94 and Otay Truck Trail in the Dulzura area, spread rapidly over dry, grassy terrain, prompting evacuations of homes and a campground in surrounding back-country areas but causing no reported structural damage.
The only known injury related to the fire occurred when a car struck a Chula Vista police officer who was directing traffic near the perimeter of the blaze. The victim was hospitalized for treatment of serious trauma.
Authorities began a criminal investigation into the origin of the fire after a video surfaced on Instagram, seemingly showing a group of people starting it and then fleeing. The person who posted the images is cooperating with officials, Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez said.
All areas of active flame had been extinguished, evacuation orders in surrounding communities had been canceled and road closures along state Route 94 had been lifted as of Monday morning.
Firefighters hoped to have the burn zone of the blaze — which got its name from its proximity to a landmark pink gate in the area — fully contained by midmorning Tuesday, Sanchez said.
—City News Service
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