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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Tense moments for people in Lakeside Sunday when a brush fire broke out near homes. Fire crews made quick work of the blaze and were able to contain it to 15 acres.

The fire was reported around 10:15 a.m. in the 10400 block of Aquilla Drive near El Nopal.

As ground crews and air support rushed to put out this fast moving brush fire in Lakeside, nearby homeowners like Matt Westrick were forced to think fast.

"Just grabbed everything we could from clothes to pictures."

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"It was getting really close. I mean the flames were high and it didn't look very good. So we packed up...ready to go," said Westrick.

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"We got a text from neighbors...so we rushed home. When we got home the bottom of the hill was in flames," resident Jennifer Bryant said.

A column of smoke could be seen for miles. Dozens of drivers stopped on the side of the road so they too could take a closer look.

"We were watching it from Santee, and it looked like they had it pretty well covered."

With a Red Flag Warning in effect this weekend both Cal Fire and city crews planned ahead.

Ramona Air Base had extra equipment on hand. And Brown Field in Otay Mesa served as a secondary location for tankers to fill up.

"Benefit was we had a lot of resources staged in anticipation for this red flag condition. So, we were able to capitalize to quickly extinguish the fire."

Another benefit, officials say they got a westerly wind, which pushed the flames away from homes opposed to the strong Santa Ana winds we saw just Saturday.

"Because of the fire warnings, I thought it was going to be a lot worse than it was."

Something, everyone here, especially those who feared the worst, is thankful for.

"They did an excellent job...super thankful," Bryant said.

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