Crews stop spread of Otay Mesa fire; blaze burned 120 acres in area near Brown Field

Otay Mesa Road closed in both directions

SAN DIEGO - A wind-driven wildfire of unknown origin blackened scores of grassy acres in the Otay Mesa area Friday.

The fast-moving flames began spreading shortly after 2 p.m. over fields and undeveloped rolling hills near Alta and Otay Mesa roads, east of Brown Field airport and about a mile north of the U.S.-Mexico border, according to Cal Fire.

Within a half-hour, the blaze had grown to about 20 acres, said Ray Chaney, a battalion chief with the state agency.

Ground crews and firefighting aircraft were dispatched to the area.

A salvage yard was potentially in the path of the fire, according to Chaney. There were no other known threats to real estate.

The burn area expanded to about 120 acres before crews were able to contain it in the late afternoon. No structural damage or injuries were reported.

The California Highway Patrol closed Otay Mesa Road in both directions due to the firefighting effort. The road was closed from just east of Sanyo and just west of Alta Road.


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