Brush Fire Burns Off SR-52

The fire sparked between Santo Road and Mast Boulevard

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    Steve Weatherford
    Tierrasanta residents watch as a CDF tanker makes a fire retardant drop.

    Mission Trails Park was closed during the day Monday as crews monitored hot spots at a nearby brush fire, according to fire officials.

    The fast-moving fire began around 4:30 p.m. Sunday off eastbound State Route-52 between Santo Road and Mast Boulevard. Several ground crews responded to the scene, as well as helicopters.

    The fire scorched approximately 110 acres, according to officials. Heavy smoke was visible to drivers off the highway, and fire helicopters and air tankers could be seen making drops in the impacted area. (See photo below.)

    Crews had the fire surrounded late Sunday night, but stayed on the scene to watch for possible flare-ups.

    Residents in Santee and El Cajon said they could see and smell smoke and ash stemming from the fire.

    No injuries have been reported.

    A SigAlert was issued for a portion of eastbound SR-52 near the Santo Road exit Sunday afternoon. As of Monday morning, all lanes of SR-52 were open to traffic.

    Fire officials said crews are starting to leave the scene and the park could reopen Monday night.

    The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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