Snake-carrying hawk sparks brush fire near I-5 in Sorrento Valley

SAN DIEGO - A small brush fire that broke out on a hillside off Interstate 5 in Sorrento Valley Tuesday morning was caused by a hawk and snake.

The four-acre fire was reported at 5:43 a.m. at Dunhill Street and Tower Road, near the General Atomics building. According to San Diego Fire-Rescue, it was sparked when a hawk carrying a snake hit a high-voltage power line. The two animals were killed.

80 firefighters with San Diego Fire-Rescue responded, along with a helicopter that conducted water drops. The fire started in light grass and spread into heavier grass and brush. Crews had it extinguished within an hour. Traffic on the freeway was not affected. The fire did not threaten any of the businesses that sit at the top of the hill.

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More than 400 San Diego Gas & Electric customers in the Sorrento Valley and Torrey Pines area were without power for more than 90 minutes.

The fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to SDG&E equipment.

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