ARSON SUSPECTED IN SPRING VALLEY FIRE

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July 25, 2010 (Spring Valley) -- Boots on the ground and helicopters in the air worked together to keep a fast-moving brush fire at nine acres in the Dictionary Hill area. While 25 homes on the north side of Grand Avenue were ordered evacuated, no structures were damaged and no injuries reported. Cause of the fire is under investigation; however San Miguel Fire officials say it is “suspicious” in nature.

 

In addition to the San Miguel Fire District, crews from La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon and CALFIRE brought the total number of people on the fire line to about 50. According to San Miguel Fire Chief August Ghio, two strikes teams and seven other units joined forces to battle the blaze.

 

Two helicopters from the City of San Diego and one from the San Diego Sheriff Department dropped water and also placed hand crews on the ground to help protect structures.

 

The fire was reported at 3:17 PM. Forward movement of the fire was stopped about an hour later. Mop up operations will continue until about 8 p.m.tonight.

 

The fire started in brush near an apartment complex on the 9200 block of Amy Street, and that is where the investigation is centered.