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Dozen Acre Carlton Hills Brush Fire Swiftly Put Down

Beginning around 3 p.m. a fire in northwest Santee is now under control, no homes burnt, no injuries reported.

The pungent smell of burning brush wafted across Santee Tuesday afternoon around 3 p.m. as a brush fire in the hills above Carlton Hills grew to about 12 acres before being contained by firefighters.

No homes were burnt, a few fences singed, and no injuries are reported, according to fire authorities. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

said around 4 p.m. that the fire was contained. Fire crews and two helicopters took about 90 minutes to completely extinguish the fire, according to Heartland Fire.

Residents crowded the streets, those that weren't on the front line with garden hoses and neighborhood from encroaching flames.

I found myself in the same backyard I had been in during a , and neighbors acted rather calmly with flames 15 feet away, most having been through this many times before.

While Santee firefighters led the charge, help came from around the county, including fighters from La Mesa, Lemon Grove and El Cajon. Firefighting helicopters dramatically dropped Santee Lake water in a synchronized fashion on the flames over and over with amazing precision.

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Motivated Santee Citizen May 06, 2011 at 03:07 AM
You alerted CITY OFFICIALS in Santee and nothing was done? This does not happen in the perfect city of Santee if you listen to the Mayor! I for one appreciate the time and effort that you have and are putting into trying to solve this ongoing issue. I wish the City Council felt the same way about your efforts.
Van Collinsworth May 06, 2011 at 03:32 AM
Thanks for your appreciation. Just to clarify, my understanding is that the City did include the Sheriff's Department in a discussion with HomeFed. You see by the photos however, that fire rings still need to be broken-up and the campsite cleaned up so it won't be utilized again. Hopefully, that will get done by HomeFed or the City in cooperation with the Sheriff's Department as they are needed for enforcement.
Motivated Santee Citizen May 06, 2011 at 09:48 AM
One can only hope that the city officials will do something about this issue. I am glad that nobody was injured and that no houses were damaged.
Steven Bartholow May 06, 2011 at 03:51 PM
I happened upon that campsite when I took some aftermath photos the day after: http://santee.patch.com/articles/view-finder-aftermath-of-the-brush-fire I'll be reporting further on this.
Motivated Santee Citizen May 13, 2011 at 06:32 AM
I was told today that the homeless guy's campsite and all of the trash, etc involved with said campsite has been cleaned up. I have not seen this firsthand to verify though. If anyone feels like taking a hike and getting some exercise to verify it, that would be appreciated. By the way, that makes #59 for the homeless count in Santee versus 58. I had to say it. LOL

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