Cal Fire crews have contained a 12-acre brush fire that threatened about 50 homes in a rural area of Lakeside on Sunday.
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The blaze began about 2:15 p.m. on Crazy Horse Drive near Morning Dove Road, on the northwest side of Lakeside in the Eucalyptus Hills neighborhood, Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler said.
Lakeside resident David Goree said the fire came close to his home. He estimated that the distance between the fire and his home was about the length of a football field.
"We could smell smoke," he said. "We could see the flames. At first, they were maybe five feet tall and then real quick, the wind picked up. They went 60 feet wide and 60 feet tall."
Mohler said the fire was able to grow quickly because of the terrain.
"You know, when you're in this type of area, it's simple that fire runs up hills quicker," he said.
Goree watched the blaze come dangerously close to his neighbor's house.
"Then the helicopter started dropping water and the airplane came in with the retardant," he said "They saved that guy's house
that one guy's house up here on the back. They had all those fire trucks parked around it, and they were seriously dropping the retardant on the house."
As of 4:40 p.m., the fire was 100 percent contained. Fire crews will be on scene through the night to put out hotspots.
Officials did not issue mandatory evacuations but some nearby residents voluntarily evacuated their homes, Mohler said.
No injuries were reported and no structures appeared to be damaged, he said. It's unclear what caused the fire.
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