Small brush fires remind public to stay alert

RANCHO SANTA FE — The occurrence of several small fires within the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Prevention District within the last couple of months has fire officials asking for the public’s diligence when it comes to fire prevention. While the fires do not all appear to be related, they do serve as a reminder that attentiveness is important during fire season.
The first two incidents were grass fires. One happened May 24, burning 1.5 acres near Lake Drive and Ash Lane in the Del Dios area. The other occurred June 29 in a vacant lot along Artesian Road, just outside the community of 4S Ranch, and burned 2.2 acres. The third fire, which took place July 1, charred a small area of vegetation along the 9700 block of Del Dios Highway. The most recent incident, which involved an outbuilding near Albert Avenue and Camino San Thomas in 4S Ranch, happened on July 14. None of the incidents resulted in any injuries.
“Fortunately, these fires were all reported quickly, allowing our firefighters to extinguish them before they got out of hand,” Fire Chief Nick Pavonev said. “Following these incidents we are asking the community to help us in two ways. First, create defensible space by clearing all dead and dying brush away from your home. Second, keep an eye out and report any suspicious behavior by calling 9-1-1.”

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