Firefighters contain first brush fire of season

RANCHO SANTA FE — Firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District were called to a brush fire near the intersection of Lake Drive and Ash Lane in the community of Del Dios the morning of May 24,
Upon arrival, firefighters quickly attacked the fire, keeping it from spreading to a nearby structure. The 1.5-acre fire was quickly contained.
Crews remained on the scene for several hours to make sure there were no hot spots or flare-ups. In addition to two fire engines and one battalion chief from RSFFPD, one fire engine and one battalion chief from Escondido Fire Department, one fire engine from San Diego Fire Department, and three brush engines and one hand crew from Cal Fire also responded to the incident. RSFFPD Battalion Chief Fred Cox served as the Incident Commander. No injuries or structure damage were reported. The cause is still under investigation.
“Today’s incident is a good reminder of just how important it is to properly maintain vegetation,” Fire Chief Nick Pavone said. “Creating 100 feet of defensible space around your home and 30 feet along roadways by removing dead and dying vegetation helps slow the spread of the fire and provides firefighters with a safe area in which to work to protect your property.”
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