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50-Foot Flames Spotted in Bonita Riverbed Fire

Large plumes of smoke were seen across the South Bay Tuesday as a fire burned through the riverbed in Bonita, scorching one to two acres.

Palm trees and other heavy brush burned in multiple fires along the riverbed near the Chula Vista Golf Course at Willow Street and Bonita Road. To the west of that location, spot fires were reported on Valley Vista Road.

An NBC 7 news crew captured flames destroying several palm trees and other fuel.

Homes were close but were not threatened by the slow-moving fire, according to Chula Vista Fire Department spokesperson Deputy Chief Harry Muns.

Access was a problem for crews, Muns said.

Also, due to the deep-seated nature of the fire, investigators said it will be difficult to find the exact cause.

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