Homes in Chollas Creek were evacuated Thursday as firefighters held off pressing flames burning along Chollas Creek Parkway.
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department responded to the fire Thursday at around 3:15 p.m. on a hillside behind Hughes Court off Chollas Creek Parkway.
The agency said palm trees on the other side of an apartment complex at the bottom of the hillside may have caught fire first, and embers may have been blown across spreading the flames to the hillside.
Evacuations were ordered on the 3900 block of Hughes Court and the 5700 block of Bates Street, according to SDPD Sgt. Matt Botkin.
The flames were out by around 3:45 p.m. and firefighters remained on scene monitoring hot spots.
No other information was available.