San Diego Fires: Firefighters Make Progress Amid Cooler Temps

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SAN DIEGO, California (KTLA) — Just as firefighters began to gain the upper hand on a number of blazes burning in San Diego County, fire crews had a new one to contend with after yet another brush fire broke out in the area on Saturday morning, officials said.

The latest fire, burning north of Santee Lakes in Sycamore Canyon, scorched about 15 acres before its forward rate of spread was stopped, according to Kendal Bortisser with Cal Fire. No structures were threatened.

Estimates initially put the fire at 30 acres before downgrading the acreage. Full containment of that fire was expected around 4 p.m., a tweet from Cal Fire stated.

Since Tuesday, eleven other fires have been reported in the county, igniting tens of thousands of acres and destroying dozens of home and structures in the area, fire officials said.

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A helicopter drops water on fires burning in San Diego County on May 16, 2014. (KTLA)

Changing weather conditions this weekend were expected to help fire personnel battle the fires. Temperatures were cooler on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. A dense fog advisory was issued in the early morning for the coastal areas of San Diego and Orange counties by the weather service, although it was later canceled before 8 a.m.

Fire crews have been able to fully contain some of the blazes, including the Poinsettia, Highway, Freeway and River fires, even as they spent the better part of a week facing challenging weather conditions, including record-breaking heat, strong winds and low humidity.

Although the weather was more favorable for firefighters on Saturday, officials have warned the conditions that helped fuel the flames, including Santa Ana winds, were expected to return soon.

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