Crews douse Chula Vista brush fire by air

Posted at 4:50 AM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 15:55:02-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Firefighters struggled to reach a brush fire that erupted in a rugged area of Chula Vista overnight Wednesday, but crews were able to douse the flames through aerial water drops.

The fire, which broke out before 12:45 a.m. in a rural area off 4th Avenue and Beyer Way, ripped through a dry riverbed, sending flames and smoke shooting into the air.

Chula Vista Fire Department crews had to hike down a trail from the Beyer Way Bridge to lay about 2,000 feet of hose, but were unable to get close enough to extinguish the flames.

At about 6 a.m., a helicopter arrived and began conducting aerial water drops.

The cause of the blaze, which did not threaten any structures, was not immediately known.