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Brush fire breaks out near school, golf course in Bonita

Posted at 6:21 AM, Jul 12, 2016
BONITA – A small brush fire erupted in a riverbed near Valley Vista Elementary School and the Chula Vista Golf Course in Bonita Tuesday morning. 
 
The blaze was reported near Valley Vista and Sweetwater roads at around 6 a.m. Flames and plumes of smoke could be seen shooting up in the air from miles around. Thirty-six firefighters from several local agencies responded, while helicopters conducted water drops. Rough terrain made access difficult for crews. 
 
The fire burned between 1 ½ and 2 acres before being brought under control sometime before 8 a.m., according to Bonita-Sunnyside Fire Protection District Chief Tim Isbell. Firefighters would remain on scene for several hours to ensure there were no more flare-ups. 
 
No evacuation orders were issued and no structures were damaged. There were no injuries. According to Isbell, nearby residents told officials that transients often congregate in the riverbed. 
 
The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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