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Fire on Mt. Soledad burns dangerously close to homes

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LA JOLLA (CBS 8) - Arson investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that broke out in a neighborhood on Mt. Soledad, close to homes, on Friday night.

The fire started around 7:35p.m. in a canyon near Caminito Cartgate and Caminito Blythefield. The flames were fueled by thick brush and burned quickly up the hillside towards homes. About a quarter acre burned.

"If the winds picking up - fires create their own wind - this thing could go up pretty quickly," said Battalion Chief David Pilkerton.

Nighttime Copter-2 made water drops while about 30 firefighters on the ground fought the flames with hoses. They knocked down the fire just after 8:00p.m. and continued to mop up hot-spots for another few hours.

Firefighters had to pull about one-thousand feet of hose line to get water onto the fire on the ground. Batt. Chief Pilkerton told News8 that cooler weather conditions and light sprinkles helped them douse the flames quickly.

Arson investigators have preserved the point of origin of the fire so they can figure out how it started. Police said they were looking for a group of teenagers seen running away from the burn area when the flames started. No arrested were made Friday night.

Nobody was injured and no homes were damaged.

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