Firefighters battle riverbed brush fire

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SAN DIEGO -- Firefighters quickly extinguished a riverbed brush fire in Mission Valley Thursday night.

The fire broke out around 6 p.m. off the 2200 block of Hotel Circle North, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. It was the third fire in the area in the last 24 hours.

SDFD Battalion Chief Dan Eddy said crews responded with two engines, but quickly upgraded it to a first-alarm fire because it was in a risky area where flames can spread quickly.

Accessing the fire also presented a challenge with the river on one side and a number of hotels and private property on the other. Crews had to gain access through a private car lot and cut through a fence to reach the flames.

The fire burned roughly one acre. By 7 p.m., crews had stopped the forward progress of the blaze.

Eddy said the recent rain last weekend also helped get the fire out quickly, but things could have been much worse.

“I can tell you right now if this started in the summer, this wouldn’t have been an acre this would have run a lot farther for us. We are thinking right now the cause was probably a homeless encampment.”

Eddy said an investigation will determine the official cause.

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