A fast-moving brush fire in the Chollas Creek area of urban east San Diego burned dangerously close to homes but was held to two acres on Sunday night.
The fire was reported about 5:27 p.m. near 54th Street between Chollas Parkway and Streamview Drive, officials said. It spread through the canyon.
Twenty-three homes were threatened by the flames, San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Dan Froelich said. Only 16 were actually evacuated because not all residents were home at the time, he said.
Helicopters made at least three air drops as firefighters battled the blaze, according to media at the scene.
The evacuations were lifted about 7 p.m. and firefighters remained in the area through the night to put out hot spots, Froelich said. There were no injuries.
Chollas Creek is an urban creek that runs through San Diego and empties into the San Diego Bay.
— From Staff and Wire Reports
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