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Smoke from Clairemont movie set prompts large fire crew response

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8/CNS) - Fire engines, brush rigs and helicopters descended on the site of a reported brush fire Wednesday morning in a canyon in North Clairemont, but it turned out the smoke was coming from a movie set.

Witnesses called dispatchers at 7:09 a.m. to report a fire in a canyon near Genesee Avenue and eastbound state Route 52 near Marian Bear Memorial Natural Park, according to fire dispatchers.

A San Diego Fire-Rescue incident log showed four engines, two helicopters and two brush rigs were among the resources dispatched to battle the apparent blaze.

But when fire crews arrived, they learned it wasn't a real fire, but smoke caused by a film crew's smoke machine, a fire department spokesman said. The movie crew apparently had a permit from park rangers to film in the canyon, and the fire response was called off.

According to Jose Ysea of the City of San Diego Communications Department, the film crew had a park permit from a park ranger and not from the city's film office, which Ysea says he believes is OK, but the crew did not have a permit to use the smoke machine and are aware that one is necessary. Ysea also said that he does not think the crew will continue using the smoke machine when filming resumes.

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