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Firefighters battle windy conditions in Santee brush fire

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SANTEE (CNS) - Wind-whipped flames cut through dense foliage near Carlton Oaks Country Club Tuesday, blackening about five acres and threatening some homes, but causing no reported structural damage.

The blaze erupted about 3 p.m. in the bed of the San Diego River off Carlton Oaks Drive, near Calle del Verde in Santee, according to Heartland Fire & Rescue.

Ground crews and personnel aboard several water-dropping helicopters attacked the fire, which was stoked by gusty breezes and summer-like temperatures, a dispatcher said.

Within two hours, firefighters were making good progress toward containing the smoldering burn area. How the fire started was not immediately known.



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