Firefighters jumped to put out flames burning vegetation in a canyon off a busy road in Sabre Springs Tuesday afternoon.
The fire was reported just before 1 p.m. near Poway Road and Sabre Springs Parkway.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department crews were called to the area and contained the single-acre fire in less than an hour. Two SDFD helicopters helped by making water drops over the blaze.
Nearby homes were threatened, SDFD confirmed.
"It's really scary and knowing it travels fast," resident Judie Jackson said.
Jackson said she heard sirens and helicopters and walked out of her home to see what was going on.
"It's way too close for comfort. Way too close."
Jackson said she is prepared to leave at a moment's notice because she knows how quickly a small fire can become a threat.
No other information was available.
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