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Cal Fire Crews Fight 5-Acre Jamul Brush Fire Overnight

By 8:50 p.m. the brush fire had extended to three acres

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Cal Fire firefighters got a handle on a small brush fire that sparked Wednesday night in Jamul before heavy winds blew it out of control.

The fire was reported at around 8:30 p.m. on the 16000 block of Skyline Truck Trail in Lyons Valley and had the potential to grow to 100 acres or more due to strong winds and dry fuels, Cal Fire Capt. Thomas Shoots said.

It was about a quarter-acre in size when crews arrived and by 8:50 p.m. it had expanded to 3 acres, Cal Fire said.

An elevated response was sent to the fire zone and resources were battling the flames by land and air, according to Shoots.

The blaze was burning in a westerly direction amid heavy fuels along Skyline Truck Trail, Shoots said. Winds presented a challenge early on, but later died down.

NBC 7's Niala Charles has more details on the Santa Ana winds.

Crews were able to stop the fire's forward spread by around 10:20 p.m. Cal Fire's last size estimate was 5 acres.

Firefighters worked overnight to cut a containment line around the fire zone. By 10 a.m. the next morning, crews were still mopping up hot spots but expected to wrap up by the afternoon.

The fire started amid a high wind advisory. Winds faster than 100 mph were recorded in some parts of the county on Wednesday.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

No other information was available.

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