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Brush fire sparks near homes in El Cajon as dry conditions continue

Posted at 1:44 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 19:03:51-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) – Firefighters Tuesday fought a blaze that burned just feet away from homes in El Cajon.

According to crews, the fire broke out after 1 p.m. near Main Street and Travelodge Drive.

Crews could be seen fighting the blaze from atop a hill in an effort to prevent flames from reaching nearby homes.

Firefighters say, at one point, flames came within 20 feet of nearby homes.

Heartland Fire, Viejas and Cal Fire all responded to the blaze along with a helicopter crew.

The fire started as temperatures rose and humidity plummeted.

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"Today will bring mild Santa Ana winds with gusts of 25 to 35mph far inland to the mountains with humidity down to 15 to 30%. Peak winds arrive this morning and while the driest conditions won't arrive until this afternoon fire danger will be elevated today," said 10News Meteorologist Megan Parry.

"It will be warmer today with highs 5 to 10 degrees above normal for the coast and valleys."