By Ken Stone
Viejas Casino & Resort and a nearby home rolled sevens Wednesday when firefighters rushed to the scene of a brush fire and kept it from spreading.
Erik Molumby of the U.S. Forest Service said the 2.5-acre blaze was spotted around 4 p.m. and reported to the Viejas Fire Department.
“We got very lucky today,” Molumby said from a command vehicle on a dirt path off Viejas Grade Road east of Willows Road near Alpine. “We’ve been on a fire weather watch since Monday morning.”A two-story home outside the reservation was threatened, but its owners weren’t home, and Molumby didn’t know who they were. The home had a broken side window, suggesting it wasn’t occupied.
He said winds had died down, and 12-15 fire engines were rushed to the scene. Molumby came from Campo, in fact.
According to Cal Fire, firefighting aircraft that had been sent to the scene were recalled, a spokesman for the state agency told City News Service.
No structural damage was reported to the home or another structure off the road north of the Viejas resort.
Smoke from the fire inside the Cleveland National Forest could be seen around East County, but the fire was quelled about 5 p.m.
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Firefighters also were sent by Cal Fire and the Lakeside and Alpine fire departments.
It wasn’t immediately clear who owns the home, or why it appeared abandoned.
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