Firefighters were able to knock down a small, quarter-acre brush fire on Mt. Soledad Friday night before it could spread or threaten homes in a nearby gated community.
According to San Diego Fire Rescue, the brush fire sparked around 7:45 p.m. near the 6300 block of Camino Blythefield in La Jolla. It burned in a canyon right below private, gated homes on Mt. Soledad.
Crews said the fire was burning at a slow rate of spread, in medium fuel. Firefighters attempted to control the fire on the ground and called for helicopter assistance.
After one water drop just after 8 p.m., officials confirmed the fire had been knocked down.
Firefighters remained in the area to mop up a few hotspots. By 8:30 p.m., fire units were being released from the scene.
No injuries were reported.
According to preliminary reports, authorities said witnesses reported seeing several juveniles running from the canyon at the time of the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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