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Firefighters Extinguish 110-Acre Brush Fire Near Mission Trails Park and Route 52

Credit: Jeff Matson
Credit: Jeff Matson

Also read: Brush Fire Causes Closure of Trails at Mission Trails Park, Except for Cowles Mt.

Firefighters have contained a 110-acre brush fire that sparked off state Route 52 near Mission Trails Regional Park Sunday evening, which sent smoke into Santee, authorities said. All trails at Mission Trails Regional Park were closed Monday morning, except the main Cowles Mountain trail, so firefighters can watch for hot spots and conclude their mop-up activities.

The fire off the eastbound lanes near Santo Road was reported shortly before 4:30 p.m., and moved east toward Mission Trails, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and the California Highway Patrol. It was reported contained just after 6 p.m. and the fire was almost entirely out by 7:30 p.m.

Fire officials said the cause of the blaze had not yet been determined.

About 200 firefighters from various agencies responded to the blaze, four air tankers dropped fire retardant and three helicopters dumped water, according to a report by UT San Diego. One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and was hospitalized.

One of the highway's eastbound lanes was blocked and a SigAlert was issued, according to the CHP, causing a traffic backup. Authorities also called for the closure of the connector from Santo Road to eastbound state Route 52.

No structures were threatened, fire officials said.

Mission Trails Regional Park was closed for a period and some people in the park were evacuated, a SDFRD dispatcher said.

-City News Service


Don Cone June 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Is this fire contained yet?
Jennifer D June 16, 2013 at 11:19 PM
The article is written in past tense, so it sounds like it is contained.
You Know Reno June 16, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Channel 10 reported 60 acres at 8pm.
Alyssa June 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM
This fire was in the boundaries of Mission Trails Park. It burned the area just West of North Fortuna. It was kind of cool to see all of the firefighters out there, continuing to work on the hills in the dark to make sure it wouldn't reignite. Thanks to them for saving one of my very favorite places and keeping the surrounding houses safe!!

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