Update: Dehesa Valley fire at 25 acres, 96 percent contained

El CAJON (KUSI) — 5:30 p.m. — A wildfire spread over an open, hilly area near Sycuan Casino Tuesday, blackening about 25 acres but posing no structural threats.

The slow-moving blaze erupted near the intersection of Dehesa and Sloane Canyon roads about 9:30 a.m., according to Cal Fire.

Crews on the ground and aboard air tankers and water-dropping helicopters worked to subdue the flames, said Jon Heggie, a fire captain with the state agency. The personnel had the spread of the blaze halted within about 90 minutes.

By late afternoon, firefighters had the smoldering burn area about 95 percent contained.

One crew member was transported to a hospital for evaluation of a bee sting suffered while working to extinguish the blaze.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Heggie said.

11:25 a.m. — A vegetation fire sparked in Dehesa Valley El Cajon near Sycuan Casino Tuesday and quickly grew to twenty-acres, according to Cal Fire officials.

Firefighters were sent to the area near Dehesa Road and Sloane Canyon Road east of El Cajon to battle the blaze around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Cal Fire officials. Crews were working to contain the fire from the ground and from aboard a firefighting aircraft.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday that there was a possibility of fires sparking in San Diego County’s mountains and deserts due hot temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds.A red flag warning was in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The personnel had the spread of the blaze halted within about 90 minutes. It was not clear what sparked the blaze. 

As of 11 a.m. there were no reports of any threats to structures. 

This is a developing story and will be updated. 

Categories: Fire Watch 2017, Local San Diego News

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