Firefighters Respond to El Cajon Brush Fire

Fire moving at medium rate of speed, department said

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    Firefighters responded Tuesday night to a brush fire moving through El Cajon.

    The fire began at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday near east Main St. and Lavala Lane, according to Heartland Fire Department.

    Update: El Cajon Brush Fire

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    Fire officials aren't sure what sparked the fire that burned off of East Main, near Interstate 8 but they do say they are surprised how quickly it spread. NBC7s Danya Bacchus reports. Raw video courtesy Justin Bennett

    By 8 p.m., the fire was contained, after burning approximately two acres.

    The fire was moving at a medium rate of speed with medium fuel, the department said.

    No injuries were reported and no homes were damaged, however there were structures nearby.

    Hand crews were requested to clean up hot spots, and stayed through the night. They placed a "scratch line" in the area, which is a trail between brush and the burned area to make sure no other brush fires sparked up. 

     The fire created a scare for the residents near where the fire started.

    "You could see mostly smoke and then flames started to shoot up," said El Cajon resident Isabella Lopez.

    Officials do not know the cause of the cause of the fire.

    The fire is the third brush fire in Lakeside Fire Protection District in a matter of days. On Sunday there were two, each bigger than expected. Officials say it indicates an early fire season.

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