Brush fire prompts evacuations in University Heights area


SAN DIEGO — A brush fire broke out Saturday in a University Heights canyon, briefly prompting evacuations for neighboring streets, according to the San Diego Fire Department.

The fire was reported to SDFD around 5:30 p.m. on 4718 Panorama Dr. near the canyon at Trolley Barn Park.

Police evacuated the 4700 block of Panorama Dr. and evacuation requests were made for Lomitas Dr., Mission Cliff Dr. and Carmelina Dr.

Fire officials said water drops from a helicopter “made all the difference,” helping hold the flames to about 1.5 acres.

Shift Commander Kelly Zombro told OnScene.TV that the homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure, but no injuries were reported and no structures were damaged. Residents were allowed to return home later Saturday evening.

FOX 5 photographer Paul Makarushka captured the scene from atop the hill as firefighters worked to put the flames out.

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