SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A brush fire of unknown origin burned about four acres on a hillside behind a Mission Valley hotel Tuesday afternoon, briefly threatening a home but causing no reported structural damage or injuries.
The blaze erupted about 12:15 p.m. off Hotel Circle South near Bachman Place, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Ground crews and personnel aboard an emergency-services helicopter got the flames under control within about 45 minutes, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said. The aircraft made nine water drops, refilling its firefighting tank at the nearby San Diego River, Luque said.
About 80 firefighters responded to the blaze, which burned about 150 yards from the back side of Courtyard Marriott Mission Valley Hotel and spread toward one residence for a time.
Authorities detained three transients -- including one who tried to run off when he saw them -- who emerged from overgrowth in the area as crews were dousing the flames. Investigators determined, however, that the men had nothing to do with the fire and released them, Luque said.
Commencement was held Sunday for seniors at the University of San Diego, with ceremonies featuring a pair of distinguished alumni.
Cool and cloudy conditions start off Friday morning, but the sun will break through in the afternoon. Strong winds in San Diego County's deserts are also expected to ease up Friday morning.
A 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.
The remains of a U.S. Navy pilot killed when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War have been brought to San Diego for burial.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.
A 30-year-old Vista man was arrested for drunk driving and failure to yield Saturday morning after leading Carlsbad police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing into a pole, according to authorities.