Brush Fire At Mission Trails Regional Park Kept To 95 Acres; Blaze 95% Contained
Monday, July 14, 2014
Firefighters from throughout the county jumped quickly on a brush fire that started Sunday afternoon in San Diego's Mission Trails Regional Park.
The 95-acre blaze, which started about 2:15 p.m. Sunday, was 95 percent contained as of Monday afternoon.
The fire burned on the 1,200-foot Kwaay Paay Mountain but was held at the ridge north of the visitors center along the Father Junipero Serra Trail. Mission Gorge Road, which runs along the southern boundary of the park, was closed for a few hours but reopened Sunday night.
"We stopped the forward progress on the west side of the mountain," said Lee Swanson, a San Diego fire department spokesman.
He said about 100 firefighters were to work overnight to help put out the fire and attack any flare-ups.
At the height of the blaze, fire retardant and water were dropped from two San Diego fire helicopters, two U.S. Forest Service fixed-wing planes and two Sheriff's Department helicopters, Swanson said.
Nancy Uddenberg, who lives across the street from the park, said she could see the fire from the upstairs of her home.
"There were flames going up to the right and the left, and (they) kept popping up," Uddenberg said.
She said she had been evacuated in a previous fire at the park.
"I don't know how it started but it scares me. ... It's scary living here because it's so dry," Uddenberg said.
No homes or structures were threatened in Sunday's fire, and no evacuations were ordered, Swanson said. One firefighter suffered a heat-related injury, he said.
Because of warm temperatures, there were fewer hikers in the park than on a normal Sunday. All of them were successfully alerted and evacuated after the fire began, Swanson said.
Joining San Diego Fire-Rescue in attacking the blaze were crews from Santee, San Miguel, Heartland, Chula Vista, Miramar, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service.
According to a San Diego fire spokesman, the part should be open completely Tuesday.
On the Mission Trails park website, officials gave "A BIG THANK YOU" to the San Diego fire and police departments and all of the other fire agencies that worked to squelch the blaze.
10News and City News Service contributed to this report.
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