Brush Fire Sparks North of Santee Lakes

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    Campers near Santee Lakes prepared to evacuate Saturday after a brush fire started in Sycamore Canyon. Crews made quick work of the brush fire, containing it to only 15 acres. But NBC 7’s Sherene Tagharobi explains why it could have been a different story. (Published Saturday, May 17, 2014)

    A brush fire that sparked in Sycamore Canyon Saturday morning, north of Santee Lakes and on the edge of East Miramar, is now fully contained, Cal Fire officials confirmed Saturday evening.

    Heartland Fire & Rescue said the blaze, one of many ravaging San Diego County this week, began around 8:20 a.m. in heavy vegetation northwest of Santee Lakes Boulevard and appeared to be moving northwest as of 9:30 a.m., officials said.

    By 10:15 a.m., it had scorched approximately 15 to 30 acres, but the forward rate of spread had stopped, Kendal Bortisser of Cal Fire confirmed. He said no structures were threatened.

    Several strike teams, fire engines and air support crews were called in to tackle the fire. Firefighting units from the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Fire Department also assisted.

    Smoke could be seen off State Route 52 and State Route 125, as well as surrounding streets like Strathmore.

    Still, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said crews appeared to have a solid handle on the fire and no evacuations had been ordered.

    At 1:30 p.m., officials gave an update and said the fire had been held to about 15 acres and 100 percent containment was expected by 4 p.m. Fire units remained on scene mopping up hot spots and monitoring the area for possible flare-ups.

    By 4:50 p.m., Cal Fire officials confirmed the blaze was 100 percent contained.