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Fire ignites in Chula Vista riverbed, burns 4 acres

Posted at 7:21 AM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 21:09:13-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Fire officials believe a brush fire that erupted near a Chula Vista riverbed late Wednesday night may have been started in a homeless encampment.

The fire erupted just before 11 p.m. near a riverbed in the 2500 Faivre Street, near Hollister Street, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials at the scene.

Chula Vista Fire, San Diego Fire-Rescue, Cal Fire, and inmate fire crews worked together to put the fire out as winds of moderate speed swirled.

Firefighters on the ground and two water-dropping helicopters stopped the fire at four acres burned.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but Chula Vista Fire officials believe it is possible homeless people at an encampment in the riverbed may have sparked the fire.