RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. — On Monday, May 24, 2010, at 9:45 a.m., firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) responded to the report of vegetation fire near the intersection of Lake Drive and Ash Lane in the community of Del Dios. Upon arrival, firefighters quickly attacked the brush fire and prevented 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 3 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,” said Fire Chief Nick Pavone. “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.” For more information about vegetation management and defensible space, please visit our website at www.rsf-fire.org.

The mission of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is “To protect life, property, and environment through prevention, preparedness, education and emergency response.” Formed in 1946, the Fire District now spans approximately 42-square miles and protects over 29,000 citizens. The Fire District currently operates out of four full-time fire stations and serves the communities within and surrounding Rancho Santa Fe and 4S-Ranch.