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Brush fire erupts near Santee neighborhood

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Posted at 2:06 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 02:15:51-05

SANTEE, Calif. (KGTV) – Firefighters were called to a Santee neighborhood Wednesday afternoon in response to a brush fire.

According to authorities, the so-called Chaparral Fire was reported at around 1:45 p.m. in an area near Cuyamaca Street and Chaparral Drive.

In total, the blaze burned 36 acres. Cal Fire said it would remain on scene for several hours for mop-up and containment.

According to sheriff's officials, residents on Princess Joann and Dakota Ranch roads were briefly given a notice to evacuate.

"Anyone who evacuated their home due to the fire can safely return. Northbound Cuyamaca Street at Mollie Lane has been reopened to traffic. The temporary evacuation point at Santana High School is now closed. We thank the public for their cooperation," the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

An evacuation center was established at Santana High School (9915 Magnolia Ave.).

ABC 10News learned the Santee Fire Department received assistance from Cal Fire; the state agency sent one crew of firefighters and two air tankers.

The cause of the fire is unknown.