Firefighters were called out to the San Diego neighborhood of Encanto on Monday afternoon.
The call reporting a brush fire came in about noon. The fire was sparked in a canyon near the intersection of Skyline Drive and 66th Street. Firefighting officials said structures were threatened by the flames, and evacuations were briefly ordered.( Mon Aug 23 17:16:00 PDT 2010 $__output )
The blaze burned right up to the edge of several of the homes sitting on the edge of the canyon. The fire quickly burned through the canyon, charring 4-5 acres in about 20 minutes before firefighters got a handle on it.
In addition to ground crews, Copter 2 did water drops to keep the fire from reaching the houses. None of the homes were burned, but the flames did destroy one fence and a number of trees on people's property.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but a neighbor said he saw a crew working to clear weeds in the canyon before the fire started.
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