Arson investigators to probe brush fire near Sleep Train Amphitheatre

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - An investigation is underway Tuesday into the cause of a small brush fire in Chula Vista near the Sleep Train Amphitheatre.

The fire, which burned about an acre and a half, was reported shortly before 7 p.m. Monday near Entertainment Circle and Heritage Road. It was knocked down by about 7:50 p.m.

"About half of our rigs responded to the top of the area to protect the structures that were threatened up there and then our brush rigs responded down here on the south end of the amphitheatre to make that climb and attack that fire," said Capt. Chad Allison, who is with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Fire officials the fire was burning uphill toward the direction of homes, but they were not immediately threatened and structure protection measures in place. The fire came about 300 feet close to some homes.

Some people 10News spoke with had no idea about a fire had been swallowing a path in their direction.

"Oh, wow!" said a neighbor. "Well, that makes me nervous."

Fernando Hernandez and his son Eilio did hear about the fire. The father said, "So we came now to take a look but we don't smell anything, we don't see anything."

Just the thought made the 12-year-old uneasy.

"A little scared because we've had these wildfires for awhile and we've had to evacuate from time to time," he said.

His father told 10News, "My wife just got all her pictures and the children's clothes. We got in the car and we left."

This time, it just felt different for Hernandez.  

"Today, it's been cloudy and cold and it doesn't feel like the right weather to have a major wildfire," he said.

Firefighters were getting ready to bring out the helicopter to start doing air drops when ground crews got it all under control.

Arson investigators were expected to be at the scene Tuesday morning.

Officials say the amphitheatre was never threatened. No evacuations were issued and no injuries were reported.

Firefighters remained on scene for the next couple of hours to mop up any hot spots.

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