Fire crews keep brush fire from reaching Sabre Springs homes

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SAN DIEGO — A brush fire broke out in a canyon  near a neighborhood in Sabre Springs Tuesday, burning hazardously close to streets and homes for a time but causing no structural damage.

Firefighters were working to extinguish flames that could be seen burning grass and brush around homes in the area. Fire crews attacked the flames with two helicopters and several ground crews. The helicopters could be seen making repeated water drops on the blaze and firefighters on the ground worked along the leading edges of the fire with hoses and hand tools.

By 2 p.m., crews had halted the spread of the fire and were working to put out hot spots and cut a containment line around the fire.

Paramedics took one of the firefighters to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment of a knee injury suffered while helping douse the blaze.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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