Update: ECM news partner 10 News reports that this fire was started by El Cajon Police SWAT team conducting training exercises at a shooting range near Gillespie Field.
Homes on Hacienda were threatened but did not burn, however one firefighter was transported to Grossmont Hospital in stable condition with a knee injury.
Lt. M. Coit with El Cajon Police offered this statement. "The smoke canister was deployed as part of an El Cajon Police Department SWAT Team training exercise. The SWAT Team followed all safety precautions, however underestimated the weather conditions. The El Cajon SWAT Team is currently re-evaluating the safety procedures for the deploying of such devises. The Heartland Fire Department will provide additional training to ensure that similar events do not occur. The El Cajon Police Department regrets any inconvenience to residents in the area."
October 27, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A brush fire reported is burning in the vicinity of 1750 Reuben Fleet Drive in El Cajon. At 2:56 p.m., IPN reports firefighters are working the fire midslope, running up hill.
Helicopters have been requested to drop water on the blaze and structures are threatened, ECM reporter Nadin Abbott reports, based on scanner traffic.
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