SAN DIEGO -- Two brush fires broke out across the span of about two miles in San Diego Wednesday evening.
The larger blaze burned in a brush-filled area off Carmel Mountain Road and Canter Heights Drive around 5:30 p.m.
A San Diego Fire-Rescue helicopter dropped water on the flames, and by about 6 p.m. ground crews had moved in and extinguished the bulk of the fire.
A local resident who's home backed up to the fire called 911 and even let crews use his backyard to better access the fire.
"They were parked at the end of the street and started running down the sidewalk so we opened up the garage and I said come right through our backyard because it’s right below us," said Jeff Bigelow.
Copter 1 crew responded to Calle Cristobal & Camino Santa Fe for a brush fire at 5:10p. Spotted a fire at Carmel Mtn & Canter Hts. SDFD strike teams, engine companies and other agencies responded quickly. Both fires are out. Crews in mop up stage now. #firefighters #striketeams pic.twitter.com/m2FA3VDoLm
— SDFD (@SDFD) November 15, 2018
The Carmel Valley blaze came a short time after crews handled a small brush fire in Sorrento Valley. That fire burned along Calle Cristobal and Camino Santa Fe. A fire engine quickly arrived and extinguished those flames.
Crews remained at both scenes into the evening to handle hot spots and keep the fires from flaring back up.
The fires broke out just after the expiration of a red flag warning for extreme fire danger and some portions of the county faced power outages and school closures.