DEHESA, Calif. — Two people, including a firefighter, were injured in a brush fire Tuesday that prompted some evacuations in rural East County, first responders said.
SkyFOX was over the scene around 4:45 p.m. between Harbison Canyon and Dehesa near the 1900 block of Harbison Canyon Road, where black smoke and flames were visible. Deputies evacuated the area of Sycuan Oaks Drive, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
“It was more black smoke than flames when I first saw it, and then when that died down, then you could see the flames, and I think it burned up a couple old cars,” neighbor Kaaren Browning said.
As of 6:30 p.m., the fire spread was halted at 37 acres, Cal Fire San Diego tweeted. Crews will continue throughout the night and Wednesday to prevent any spark-ups.
The injured civilian was taken to Sharp Grossmont Hospital with a burn injury while the firefighter is being evaluated for a knee injury, fire officials said.
Harbison Canyon Road has reopened after closing for several hours, according to traffic officials.
Evacuation orders were lifted by authorities later in the evening.
The fire appears to have started near this junkyard that neighbors have complained about for years.
“Something I’ve been worrying about for a long time because of that junkyard over there. This isn’t the first fire that stated right there,” Browning said.
Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire but neighbors say the junkyard has been a safety hazard.