Firefighters make quick work of canyon fire

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Firefighters Spring ValleySPRING VALLEY, Calif. — A slow-moving brush fire broke out in a Spring Valley canyon early Monday but the flames were contained within an hour, authorities said.

The fire broke out in a canyon near Quarry Road and was reported at around 3:20 a.m., according to Cal Fire. Crews arrived quickly were able to contain it by about 5 a.m. The fire burned about a quarter of an acre, and no injuries or damage to structures was reported.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, but firefighters said the area is known to harbor homeless encampments.

“Right now, with the conditions we’re facing, it’s relatively cool, very very light winds, and the fuel moisture is relatively high because we’re so early in the morning,” said Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser. “We have a lot of resources in place right now, and a number of resources if anything should happen.”

Cal Fire officials said they are on high alert this week because San Diego County is experiencing dry, hot, windy conditions, increasing the fire danger. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning until 8 p.m. Tuesday. A red flag warning is the most serious fire-related warning issued by the NWS.