Fire Threatened Homes In Rancho San Diego

RANCHO SAN DIEGO -- Helicopters and firefighters fought a fire that began not long after noon Saturday along a ridgeline on Mt. Miguel. Flames, driven by winds from the west, quickly spreading the fire as firefighters rushed to keep up as it raced through dry hillsides.

Helicopters were picking up water at the Sweetwater Reservoir nearby and, at one point, a helicopter landed unexpectedly along a nearby street. The helicopter was seen flying again. This is the same area that burned in the October fires of three years ago.

Residents were evacuated by Sheriffs Deputies and State Highway Patrol in Lamplighter Village along Jamacha Blvd. The fire spread east.

Firefighters set up a command station just above Sweetwater Blvd. where ground crews gathered in orange jumpsuits preparing to move in and further control the blaze.

Captain Mike Mohler of CAL FIRE said the fire was 40 to 50 acres. it just skirted a trailer park and did damage one structure. He said it was a "favorable east wind" that pushed the flames away from structures.

Mohler said residents were evacuated to allow firefighters to move freely but he expected it to be a short duration before they can return to their homes.

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Tags: Rancho San Diego, Wild fire

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