Spot fires break out on either side of Sorrento Valley canyon

Posted at 5:46 PM, Nov 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 12:52:58-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Firefighters worked quickly to put out fires that broke out on both ends of a canyon between Carmel Valley and Sorrento Valley Wednesday night.

A few spot fires were reported in brush along Calle Cristobal in Sorrento Valley about 5 p.m., according to a firefighting helicopter pilot who provided the information to San Diego Fire-Rescue officials.

A second fire broke out on the north side of the canyon on Canter Heights Drive at Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Valley about 30 minutes later.

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At one point, structures were threatened, according to SDFRD officials. The fire burned in heavy fuel with a slow rate of spread.

The forward rate of progress on the Carmel Valley fire was stopped just before 6 p.m., with about one acre burned. No structures were damaged.

The Sorrento Valley fire was also extinguished in about one hour. The San Diego Fire Department said it was caused by pieces of a catalytic converter.

The cause of the fire off Carmel Mountain road was still being investigated.

"The fire couldn't have come at a better time," a Mira Mesa resident told 10News, reporting that the winds recently died down in the area this afternoon.

A Red Flag warning for San Diego County ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday.