San Diego County fire crews battle separate fires in Santee, near border – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Firefighters were battling two separate vegetation fires Monday night, including a roughly one-acre blaze that was burning near a baseball complex between Santee and Lakeside, authorities said.

A different fire, which began about an hour earlier Monday night, burned about 30 acres along the U.S.-Mexico border, fire officials said. Neither blaze was threatening homes or other structures.

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. Firefighting efforts were expected to continue throughout the night, officials 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.

The flames were burning between the homes of a Santee neighborhood to the west and Lakeside Baseball Park to the east.

That fire charred about an acre of brush, according to Wisniewski, who said there were no evacuations being conducted and no road closures.

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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