SAN DIEGO — A fire in a small urban canyon briefly threatened more than a dozen homes in City Heights Wednesday afternoon causing residents to be evacuated.
The fire was reported at about 1:30 p.m. in a canyon west of 3800 block of 49th Street and south of University Avenue in a densely populated neighborhood. Fire crews deployed around the edges of the canyon and poured water down on the flames climbing up towards homes as a fire department helicopter dumped loads of water on the fire from above.
There were no reports of damage to buildings, but the fire came within a few feet of several homes and cars. Less than two acres were blackened. No one was injured.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.