July 13, 2014 – A mid-afternoon brush fire in a popular regional park was met with an aggressive attack by San Diego Fire-Rescue and surrounding departments Sunday afternoon. Initial dispatch reports indicated a small fire near the road, but first-in units assigned to the vegetation first alarm quickly called in more resources.
The fast moving fire, which headed east into very steep terrain, was fought on two flanks by firefighters on the ground with assistance from four helicopters from San Diego Fire-Rescue, the San Diego Sherriff’s Department and the National Forrest Service. Two fixed wing aircraft from Cal Fire made numerous fire retardant drops and the flanks of the fire and the ridgeline. The fire, which did crest the ridge, was held in check by firefighters.
Firefighters from across the region arrived quickly to assist with the flames. Poway, Miramar, San Marcos, Santee, Heartland, San Miguel and Cal Fire all contributed resources to the fight. Camp crews from Rainbow and La Cima were also on scene.
According to Lee Swanson, San Diego Fire-Rescue PIO, the fire grew to about 90 acres. One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and was transported to a local hospital. The cause of the fire, which started near a trail head, next to the main road through the park, is under investigation and no cause has been released. Swanson added that fire crews would remain on-scene all night and into tomorrow to continue mop up.