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Brush Fire Burns Through Homeless Camp in Spring Valley

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A slow-moving brush fire that may have erupted in a makeshift encampment used by transients blackened about a quarter-acre in an overgrown ravine near Sweetwater Reservoir today, authorities reported.

The blaze, which caused no structural damage or injuries, began spreading shortly before 3:30 a.m. off Quarry Road, near State Route 54 in Spring Valley, according to Cal Fire.

It took about 25 ground personnel roughly 90 minutes to get the flames contained, said Kendal Bortisser, a fire captain with the state agency.

Investigators were looking into whether the activities of homeless people who frequent the area may have sparked the blaze, Bortisser said.

—City News Service

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