OTAY MOUNTAIN (CNS) - A small brush fire that broke out on Otay Mountain was set as a signal by a man who was hurt after entering the United States illegally, an official said Saturday.
Border Patrol agents interviewed a 25-year-old Mexican citizen who said he started the fire after he hurt his ankle and was left behind by a larger group he had crossed the border with, according to U.S. Border Patrol Agent Eduardo Olmos.
A Cal Fire battalion chief said the blaze was set as a signal fire.
The fire was reported on the mountain, which is east of Otay Mesa and just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, around 11:30 a.m., Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez said.
It was stopped at about a third of an acre, Sanchez said.
Cal Fire took custody of the man and took him to a hospital, according to Sanchez and Olmos.
Border Patrol agents will take custody of the man at the hospital and begin the process of deporting the man to Mexico, Olmos said.