Small brush fire erupts in Spring Valley

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. - Firefighters battled a small brush fire in remote area of Spring Valley early Monday morning.

According to Cal Fire officials on scene, the slow-burning fire was burning about a quarter-acre in a riverbed in Steele Canyon, south of state Route 54, near Quarry Road. It was reported sometime after 3 a.m. It was burning behind an apartment complex, although no structures were threatened.

Firefighters had to hike in to reach the fire, which was fully contained by about 5 a.m. Crews were working to put out hot spots.

"Well it's dark, and its steep, its rocky, the vegetation is very thick down there," said Capt. Kendall Bortisser, a spokesman for Cal Fire.

Investigators were looking into whether the activities of homeless people who frequent the area may have sparked the blaze, Bortisser said.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for most of San Diego County due to dry, hot and windy conditions that increase the risk of wildfires. It remains in effect through 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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