Three Brush Fires Burn in San Diego County

Cal Fire moves into peak fire season staffing this week

By Monica Garske and R. Stickney
|  Monday, Jun 11, 2012  |  Updated 8:09 AM PDT
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Cal Fire crews are going into peak fire season this week, adding engines and crews in anticipation of an increasing number of brush fires.  If Sunday was any indication, San Diego County is already in peak fire season. Three brush fires burned in separate spots of the county. NBC7s Chris Chan reports.

Cal Fire crews are going into peak fire season this week, adding engines and crews in anticipation of an increasing number of brush fires. If Sunday was any indication, San Diego County is already in peak fire season. Three brush fires burned in separate spots of the county. NBC7s Chris Chan reports.

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Two Brush Fires Burn in Lakeside

The first fire was reported at 2:15 p.m. on Crazy Horse Drive. The fire grew to about 12 acres. Then, four hours later another fire was reported just a few miles way at El Monte Rd and Lake Jennings Rd. It was only 5 acres.
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Cal Fire crews are going into peak fire season this week, adding engines and crews in anticipation of an increasing number of brush fires. 

If Sunday was any indication, San Diego County is already in peak fire season. Three brush fires burned in separate spots of the county.

At noon, a brush fire burned along Highway 79 near Green Valley causing minimal damage.

Roaring flames were spotted on a hill in Lakeside near Crazy Horse Drive. This fire burned for about two hours and prompted some residents to think about defending their homes or getting out of the area.

“You could actually see the smoke coming this way,” said Lakeside resident Tony Ciolfe. “I could see it coming right over the top of the hill.

Ciolfe used special equipment he bought in preparation for fire season.

“I went and bought a gas powered water pump and I pump water out of my pool. So I got in the back here and I got that thing going.

For resident Todd Browning, the flames were close enough, he started thinking about getting his family ready to evacuate.

“I realized it was closer than I thought it would be. So I kinda rounded up the kids just in case,” said Lakeside resident Todd Browning. “You never know when you have to leave.

Then around 6:30pm, another fire sparked just a few miles way at El Monte Rd and Lake Jennings Rd.

This fire scorched only five acres. 

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