Evacuations lifted for Spring Valley wildfire

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SPRING VALLEY, Calif. -- Some Spring Valley residents were back at home Thursday morning after a fast-moving brush fire prompted evacuations in a neighborhood north of Sweetwater Reservoir.

As of Thursday evening, the so-called Pointe Fire burned about 26 acres and was 100 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. It erupted for unknown reasons shortly after 4 p.m. off Pointe Parkway.

Authorities cleared people out of homes along that road, as well as on California Waters Drive, Ledgeside Street and Pleasant Waters Court. A makeshift evacuation center was set up at Monte Vista High School.

By 6:45 p.m., firefighters were able to get a handle on the wildfire and the evacuation orders were lifted.

Ground crews and personnel aboard air tankers and water-dropping helicopters were able to halt the spread of the roughly 15-acre blaze within about 90 minutes and prevent it from damaging any structures, Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said.

Medics took one firefighter to a hospital for treatment of a snakebite, officials said.  The injured firefighter was "doing great," they said. No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Peter Mansour was the first person to post video of the fire on Twitter and it appeared to be moving toward a building in the distance.

The hot and dry conditions, as well as the gusty winds, in San Diego County Wednesday raised the risk of wildfires in some areas. A red flag warning for the deserts and mountains will extend until Thursday night.

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