Canyon Fire Prompts Evacuations

By Eric S. Page
|  Monday, Aug 23, 2010  |  Updated 5:15 PM PDT
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Firefighters hurried out to the Encanto neighborhood, where evacuations were briefly ordered on Monday.
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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.

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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