Smoke from the fire in Canebreak Canyon. Courtesy Cal Fire

Firefighters in East County were battling a 343-acre vegetation fire with 5% containment in Canebreak Canyon Saturday, authorities said.

The fire, dubbed the Overland Fire, was first reported to be 10 acres at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, according to Cal Fire San Diego. By 10 a.m., it had grown to 20-30 acres. At 11 a.m., it had grown to 100 acres and was 0% contained.

At 1:20 p.m., the fire was reported to be at 500 acres, with no structures threatened, but CalFire adjusted the burn area down to 343 acres more than two hours later.

“Ground access remains difficult,” Cal Fire tweeted. “Additional air resources are at scene.”

The fire was a half-mile west of County Highway S2.

“Light flash fuels, moderate rate of spread running uphill,” Southern California Air Operations tweeted.

“Air attack advising it will be an extended attack fire due to inaccessibility issues,” the agency said.

Updated at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. June 19, 2021

–City News Service

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