Brush fire in Elfin Forest contained to 3 acres

Firefighters have contained a brush fire in the Elfin Forest area near San Marcos to three acres.

The fire was reported at about 2:40 p.m. Sunday and briefly threatened three homes. No evacuations were issued and no homes were damaged.

About 75 firefighters fought the flames on the ground and by air. Just before 5 p.m., Cal Fire said the fire's forward rate of spread has been stopped.

This is the second fire to burn in the area. Last month, the Cocos Fire scorched nearly 2,000 acres and destroyed 36 homes. Part of the Elfin Forest was charred as well.

Firefighters say the weather helped them quickly get the upper hand on Sunday, but they did encounter a few challenges before putting the flames out.

"It was burning in a couple of directions … one on one side of the road and moving uphill towards structures, another on the other side of the road … near major power lines, so we had concerns for aircraft safety," said Chief Frank Twohy, who is with the Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Department.

Crews will remain on scene to mop up hot spots. There is no word on what caused the fire.

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