Fire crews continuing to battle blaze near U.S.-Mexico border – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Firefighters continued to battle a brush fire near the U.S.-Mexico border early Tuesday that charred 30 acres and was reported 25 percent contained.

A separate fire in Santee Monday night burned about an acre of vegetation before it was put out. Sheriff’s deputies arrested a person in connection with the blaze, Santee Fire Chief John Garlow said.

The fire near the border, a few miles east of Otay Mesa and southeast of Otay Lake, broke out sometime before 9:40 p.m., according to Cal Fire San Diego.

Cal Fire initially said the flames, burning south of Otay Mountain Truck Trail in steep and rugged terrain, were spreading at a moderate rate. Just before midnight, the agency tweeted the blaze was holding at 30 acres and was 10 percent contained.


By Tuesday morning, firefighters had the blaze 25 percent contained.

About 100 firefighters from Cal Fire, San Diego, Chula Vista and Miramar fire agencies were assigned to the blaze and officials were trying to determine whether to make water drops.

“It is not a threat anymore, it is just a resource (draw),” Cal Fire Capt. Thomas Shoots said.

The smaller blaze was reported just after 10:20 p.m., with several 911 callers reporting it near Santee and Lakeside, San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Ryan Wisniewski said. It was burning at the top of a hill near where Mast Boulevard ends a few blocks east of Santana High School.

That fire charred about an acre of brush. The last fire units cleared shortly before 1 a.m., Garlow said.

The blazes occurred on the last day of spring as temperatures soared into the 90s near Santee ahead of Tuesday’s summer solstice.

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