Heartland Fire quickly contains the Lakeside-El Cajon wild fire off Olde Highway 80 and Aurora Drive

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With another day of record-breaking temperatures in East County, today is another day of vigilance for local firefighters and residents.

Last evening, Heartland Fire & Rescue (El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove), along with Lakeside and San Miguel firefighters and the help of San Diego Sheriffs, quickly contained a fire from the ground that began shortly after 5 p.m. The fire, located on a hillside off Olde Highway 80 and Aurora Drive, bordering Lakeside and El Cajon started shortly after 5 p.m.

With another day of record-breaking temperatures in East County, today is another day of vigilance for local firefighters and residents.

Last evening, Heartland Fire & Rescue (El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove), along with Lakeside and San Miguel firefighters and the help of San Diego Sheriffs, quickly contained a fire from the ground that began shortly after 5 p.m. The fire, located on a hillside off Olde Highway 80 and Aurora Drive, bordering Lakeside and El Cajon started shortly after 5 p.m.

Heartland reported the fire contained shortly after 7 p.m., but remained on site throughout the night. The fire burned approximately 17 acres, threatening homes on top of the hill and a neighboring mobile home park. This was one in a string of eight wild fires in San Diego County yesterday.

Bodie Hunter, from Yucca Valley, found himself helping firefighters douse the flames near his wife’s grandmother’s home.

El Cajon resident Jimmy Johnson said having gone thru the wildfires of 2003 and 2007 that local residents were “anxious” when trying to determine how the fire would move and if fates would bring the fire to their homes.

To learn more about personal preparation tips and fire safety education visit heartlandfire.org.

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