Brush Fire Burns Near Santee

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Tom Barr
    CDF 71 Air Tanker, Drops Fire Retardant Santa Ana River Bottom 9 22 09

    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.