Firefighters extinguish a small brush fire near houses in Vista Monday morning

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) — Firefighters put out a small brush fire in Vista Monday, which was believed to have been started by transients, officials said.

Vista Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Schroeder reported, "The fire broke out around 5 a.m. near the intersection of Breeze Hill Road and La Tortuga Drive near the Vista courthouse."

Fire crews extinguished the flames of the approximately 600-square foot fire in about 15 minutes.

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No injuries were reported, but if the fire had spread quickly evacuations would have been ordered. 

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"Initial investigation pointed to a nearby homeless encampment as the probable source of the fire," Schroeder said. 

Vista firefighters remained on the scene for around an hour to ensure the fire didn't re-ignite.

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