Canyon Fire Prompts Evacuations

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    Greg Bledsoe

    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.

    Raw Video: Encanto Brush Fire

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    Firefighters hurried out to the Encanto neighborhood, where evacuations were briefly ordered on Monday. (Published Monday, ${__output} 23, 2010)

    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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