Fire Northeast of Santee Threatens Homes

Fifty homes were originally threatened. Cal Fire is investigating the cause of the blaze.

Follow up:

More than 50 homes were threatened by a hillside fire Sunday afternoon northeast of Santee, with many residents “self-evacuating” what authorities called an active firefight.

About 12 acres were burned in an area above Crazy Horse Drive near Morning Dove Road in the Eucalyptus Hills area of Lakeside. Oak Creek Drive was closed to traffic until a little after 4 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Cal Fire spokesman Capt. Mike Mohler said the blaze began about 2:30 to 3 p.m., but its cause was still being investigated.

Some 100 firefighters were dispatched to the scene, and air drops were being made ahead of a containment effort.

Mohler said the fire burned some fences, but didn’t reach homes. Early response by residents and aircraft kept the fire from razing homes, and some residents stayed behind, he said.

He said the blaze was heading north in the afternoon, but winds could shift later Sunday, and he expected the “active firefight” would continue into Monday.

U-T San Diego reported the fire had the potential to damage 50 to 100 acres, “but crews responded quickly enough to contain the fire completely by 4:30 p.m.”

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Kathie June 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Fantastic coverage, thanks for the information on news in our neighborhood which is more than any news channel gives us
DogBreedz June 11, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Thank you for the coverage! I just returned home (Santee) after being out of town for the weekend - I kept smelling fire - if it weren't for Santee Patch, I'd never have known!
Lorraine June 11, 2012 at 02:40 PM
REMINDER when you see a fire truck with its lights and siren on PULL OVER. Yesterday we watch several cars that wouldn't pull over and let the fire engines get ahead. It was an area of 67 that has a good safe shoulder to pull over.
Julie Pendray June 11, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Thanks for this important reminder.


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