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Crews stop spread of Harbison Fire in Dehesa area

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Jul 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-13 12:40:58-04

UPDATE (July 13, 8 a.m.): The Harbison Fire in San Diego County's Dehesa area was 70 percent contained as of Wednesday morning, Cal Fire San Diego confirmed.

The blaze, which started Tuesday afternoon, charred 37 acres, but crews were able to stop the fire's forward rate of spread several hours later.

A resident and a firefighter were injured during the fire, authorities said. The injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

San Diego County sheriff's officials said evacuation orders prompted by the fire were lifted later Tuesday night.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

DEHESA, Calif. (KGTV) — A brush fire that broke out in East San Diego County Tuesday afternoon injured two people.

The fire was reported just before 4:40 p.m. burning on 1900 Harbison Canyon Road in Dehesa, according to Cal Fire.

“I was actually getting ready to leave and I noticed all of the helicopters and planes flying over my home,” Steven Thu, who lives near the fire, said.

Video obtained by Sky10 shows flames burning dangerously close to outbuildings.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, deputies evacuated the area of Sycuan Oaks Drive.

“Of course, a lot of concern being out in this area. Right away it gets our attention,” Thu said.

“Well, because I’ve been through the fire in 2003. So, as soon as there’s smoke, I’m all over it. It’s like where is it? Where is it?” Cyndi Heavener, who also lives near the fire, said.

One civilian was injured and taken to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa due to a burn injury, said Cal Fire. A firefighter was also taken to the hospital with a minor leg injury.

The agency said the fire erupted on a hillside and has burned 37 acres at a moderate rate of speed. One outbuilding was damaged in the blaze. Cal Fire personnel on the scene told ABC 10News that the fire was at an estimate 40 percent containment.

Many are glad that the crews deployed resources and worked swiftly to make sure the fire didn’t get any worse.

“It’s just a good feeling because now I don’t have to worry. It’s not going to creep over the hills like it usually does. Sometimes it gets close,” Heavener said.

“So, it’s really nice to see the resources and, of course, the teamwork up there. It makes you appreciate them even more,” Thu said.

Evacuation orders were lifted by 8 p.m.; Cal Fire San Diego said the fire's forward rate of spread was stopped but crews would be at the scene through Wednesday morning to mop up.