A small brush fire sparked off eastbound State Route 52 and Mast Boulevard Friday near Mission Trails Regional Park, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) confirmed.
The blaze was reported around 11:45 a.m. in a drainage area near gate 7 at Mission Trails Regional Park, officials said. Smoke was visible from a distance.
By 12 p.m., a fire department helicopter had made a water drop over the blaze as smoke billowed into the sky. Firefighters appeared to have a handle on the small fire, which was not threatening homes.
By 12:35 p.m., officials were starting to clear the scene, as the fire had been knocked out.
The temperature in Santee at the time of the fire was 99 degrees amid the heat wave sweeping inland parts of San Diego and local deserts.