A wildfire along Carmel Valley Road was a bit too close to comfort for residents of Rancho Miragro’s home development on Sunday afternoon. At one point, it was burning just a few meters away from the back door.
A fire was reported near the intersection of Zinnia Hills Place and Carmel Valley Road shortly before 3 pm, according to San Diego fire officials.
After seven acres were scorched in an hour, 60 firefighters and three helicopters from multiple departments stayed on the scene for hours to prevent the hotspots from spreading.
“The fire initially hit several structures, but was quickly mitigated,” said Brian Raines, commander of the San Diego Fire Department. “No structures are damaged, no evacuation is done, no injuries.”
Ben Carson, a Carmel Valley resident, told NBC 7 that he was pleased that things didn’t get worse.
“I’m worried about this area of dry brushes in the middle of summer, and I’m glad they took care of it when they did,” he said.
The cause of the fire that spread throughout the field of dry brushes behind the development is still under investigation, but fire officials say they believe it could have been a criminal offense.
“There were reports that there were some people on the scene at the start, but I don’t know what their activity was … Arson investigators are investigating the cause here,” Rains added.
As record heat burns the Southwest and intensifying droughts strengthen its grip, fire officials warn of a potentially worse wildfire season than last year, when record 4 million acres were scorched across the state. I will.
“We’ve been hit by a pretty serious drought lately … so things could definitely get worse,” Rains said.
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