FIre crews mop up Tierrasanta brush fire: Blaze scorched 110 acres

Most trails closed Monday at Mission Trails Park

SAN DIEGO - Part of state Route 52 and all trails at Mission Trails Regional Park expect for Cowles Mountain were closed Monday due to a Father's Day brush fire that scorched more than 100 acres in the 5,800-acre park.

The trail closure was ordered at the request of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, which planned to watch for hot spots and conclude mop-up activities, according to Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation's website, mtrp.org. The foundation reported that the closure would be in effect until
further notice.

The fire was reported shortly before 4:30 p.m. Sunday off the eastbound lanes of state Route 52 near Santo Road, San Diego fire-rescue and the California Highway Patrol reported. The cause was under investigation. The No. 3 lane of state Route 52 east of Santo Road was closed to Monday morning commuters. According to the CHP, the lane closure was likely to last until noon.

On Sunday, the blaze snarled traffic along the eastbound state Route 52 for several hours.

Thick white smoke billowed into the air as San Diego Fire-Rescue conducted water drops via helicopter.

Tierrasanta neighbors gathered to watch the water drops made along Corte Playa Catalina.

 “We've experienced fires in Tierrasanta before, but the fact that it is so close is scary,” said Marchelle Meza, a resident. 

Meza was referring to the 2003 Cedar Fire, which burned dangerously close to the same neighborhood.

Another family also said that the fire got a little too close for comfort.

“It was scary,” said Kris Brown, a resident. “Frightening. We walked up to see it and it was very close.”

As of Sunday night, several fire crews remained on standby along eastbound SR-52 and at the Mission Trails Regional Park equestrian entrance near Mast Boulevard.

No structural losses were reported.

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