A vegetation fire in a park in the middle of Point Loma spread quickly and temporarily threatened apartments.
Firefighters were called to 2650 Worden Street, east of Nimitz Boulevard and south of West Point Loma Boulevard.
Jim Peugh lives in Loma Portal and was driving by when he saw the flames.
He raced to a nearby parking lot and called SDFD to report the flames.
"It started moving really fast," Peugh said. "When it got over next to the tennis courts, that was the only time it was really high. It was about 10 feet high there."
Peugh said the heat took out the plastic nets on one side of the tennis courts.
Peugh volunteers in the Famosa Slough and said he thought the succulents in the area would have served as protection from fire.
He said firefighters had to bring out two hoses approximately 100 yards to reach the center of the fire.
SDFD Battalion Chief Craig Newell said several people called 911.
There was a lot of smoke production in the fire which shows how dry the county is right now, Newell said.
"Firefighters had to take hose lines and stretch them long distances down the trail to access the fire," Newell said.
Two helicopters were called but because of overhead power lines, water drops were not possible, he said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
The fire did come up to the fence of the apartment complex but there were no evacuations.