Fire erupts at Mission Trails Park in Santee

Posted at 7:23 PM, Mar 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 09:24:24-05

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SANTEE, Calif. (KGTV) - A brush fire erupted at Mission Trails Regional Park in Santee Tuesday night, but firefighters were able to put the blaze out before it spread.

The 1.5-acre fire broke out near the campground around 7 p.m. on Father Junipero Serra Trail and Bushy Hill Drive. 

Deputy Fire Chief Steven Lozano told 10News the fire was between two bodies of water in the park, moving east to west in a marshy area. 

Because of the fire's location, firefighters initially had a difficult time accessing the fire and were forced to walk through knee-deep mud, Lozano said. 

The fire was quickly contained, but Lozano said crews would have resources ready to deploy water on it Wednesday morning as a precaution. Crews remained at the scene for several hours monitoring hotspots.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Officials said they did not expect the trailhead to be open for hikers early Wednesday morning.