Brush fire burns in Chula Vista riverbed

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- A brush fire that broke out near a Chula Vista riverbed burned two acres by early Thursday, authorities said.

The blaze erupted near Faivre Street shortly before 10:20 p.m. Wednesday.

By 12:30 a.m. Thursday, the fire had grown to two acres and the forward rate had been stopped, according to a Chula Vista Fire Department battalion chief. He said the area where the flames erupted was a known homeless encampment.

La Palma Mobile Estates is located just east of the fire on Palm Avenue and Hollister Street, but no evacuations of the mobile home park were ordered, fire officials said.

At least two helicopters were seen making multiple water drops onto the flames. Fire crews were expected to remain through the early morning to mop up hot spots. Most firefighters had departed by 6 a.m. Thursday.

San Diego police shut down Hollister Street between Main Street and Palm Avenue.

The blaze broke out just hours after crews knocked down another brush fire off northbound Interstate 805 and E Street in Chula Vista.

A Red Flag warning was in effect from 11 p.m. Tuesday until 6 p.m. Thursday for the inland valleys and mountains due to strong Santa Ana winds combined with dry weather. Fires burned across the region, including inĀ Simi Valley, Riverside and San Bernardino.

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