Fire Crews Tackle Backyard Blaze

The small fire sparked in north Encanto

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    Fire crews responded in full-force to small backyard fire that sparked in north Encanto Saturday, authorities said.

    The blaze began just past noon at a residence in the 6500 block of Radio Drive.

    At first, fire officials called for full vegetation fire response, including a helicopter, but then determined the small backyard fire could be handled with two fire engines at the scene. The helicopter was cancelled.

    Fire Danger Hot in San Diego County

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    A red flag warning in San Diego Thursday and Friday has residents reliving terrifying memories of wildfires.

    Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire, authorities confirmed.

    The swift response from fire crews comes during the last day of the Red Flag warning in San Diego. Since Thursday, officials have been monitoring the hot, dry Santa Ana winds, which are known to increase fire danger in Southern California.

    Residents Relieved After Crews Contain Rancho San Diego Fire

    [DGO] Residents Relieved After Crews Contain Rancho San Diego Fire
    Fire crews quickly contained a small fire in Rancho San Diego Friday, much to residents' relief. The fire sparked right in the middle of San Diego's Red Flag warning. NBC 7's Greg Bledsoe reports.

    The fear of a wind-fueled fire happening in San Diego has local Cal Fire officials ready to act fast at the first sign of smoke.

    Officials have been fully-staffed and equipped over the past few days with additional engines, crews and even an extra air tanker flown in from Northern California.

    Of Friday, fire crews quickly knocked down a 2.5-acre brush fire in Rancho San Diego before it could threaten any homes in the area.

    On Saturday at noon, the National Weather Service announced that the high winds advisory for San Diego County has expired. The NWS said winds have decreased to below advisory strength.

    Still, the NWS said the Red Flag warning remains in full effect across San Diego until 6 p.m. due to the combination of low humidity and potentially strong, gusty winds.

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