Canyon fire burns close to homes

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SAN DIEGO — Firefighters prevented a quick-burning canyon fire from burning more than a dozen homes in Paradise Hills Tuesday, but a backyard shed was damaged by the flames, fire officials said.

The fire broke out behind Bell Junior High School near Paradise Valley and Briarwood roads after 1 p.m.

Witnesses said kids were playing with matches prior to the fire starting, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque.ParadiseHillsFire

Firefighters set up protective positions behind the school and across the canyon as the fire spread towards homes lining the canyon rim. At one point, a backyard fence and shed caught fire, but a San Diego Fire Department helicopter doused the shed with water from above.

The fire blackened a couple of acres in the canyon, but firefighters had it under control by 1:45 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about the fire should contact SDFD.

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