Brush Fire Burns Near Santee

By R. Stickney and Chris Chan
|  Saturday, May 29, 2010  |  Updated 3:36 PM PDT
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Brush Fire Burns Near Santee

Tom Barr

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A 30 acre brush fire in Slaughterhouse Canyon near Lakeside and State Route 67 was extinguished after burning for about 90 minutes Saturday.

CAL FIRE got  the call at 12:05 p.m. When firefighters arrived there were four separate fires in the hills surrounding the highway. Light winds helped to push the flames over the hillside.

Tankers made about a dozen drops and tackled the bulk of the fire according to one nearby resident. As of 1:25 p.m., the fire appeared to be under control.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation but officials have ruled out powerlines as a reason for the fire.

This is the latest of several brush fires in the county this week. "This should be a warning to everyone to be alert," said Battalion Chief Nick Schuler.

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