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SDFD Battles Small Brush Fire Hours Before Red Flag Warning Takes Effect

Firefighters battled a small brush fire near the Admiral Baker Golf Course in Grantville Wednesday evening, hours before dangerous fire weather was expected to ramp up.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) crews were called to the area just off of Friars Road, near the intersection with Admiral Baker Road, at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, where an approximately one-acre brush fire was burning.

SDFD sent one strike team, two helicopters and several engines to fight the blaze, according to a tweet by SDFD. Firefighters utilized a helicopter to make water drops and quickly tempered flames, SDFD spokesperson Monica Munoz said.

With so many resources, the fire's spread was halted in about 20 minutes. Crews remained on scene at about 9:15 p.m. mopping up the fire.

The fire started on a hill near Admiral Baker Golf Course and spread up a hill, approaching a Tierrasanta neighborhood. 

A red flag warning is expected to go into effect at 10 a.m. Thursday, as gusty winds develop and combine with low humidity to create dangerous fire weather conditions, according to the National Weather Service.

During periods when red flag warnings are in effect, any fire that sparks has the potential to spread rapidly.

There was no word on what caused the fire.

No other information was available.

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