Brush fire in Santee knocked down

SANTEE, Calif. - A brush fire burning in a Santee riverbed has been knocked down.

The fire, which burned about four to five acres, was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday off Carlton Oaks Drive near Carlton Hills Boulevard.

The fire burned through a wooden fence of a nearby condominium complex. Residents there were told to shelter in place. No official evacuations were issued.

Ground crews and personnel aboard several water-dropping helicopters attacked the fire, which was stoked by gusty breezes and summer-like temperatures, a dispatcher said.

Within two hours, firefighters made good progress toward containing the smoldering burn area. Firefighters say it has been a challenge because the area is difficult to reach.

As of about 5:40 p.m., the fire was knocked down and crews will remain on scene to mop up.

How the fire started was not immediately known. No structures were threatened and no injuries were immediately reported.

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