Firefighters battling a brush fire Monday afternoon near state Route 78.
The Ranch Fire began sometime around 5 p.m. in an area called Pine Hills, which is east of Ramona. At least two air tankers and a firefighting helicopter were called out to fight the flames, officials said, adding that the fire was difficult to access on the ground.
.@CALFIRESANDIEGO is at scene of a vegetation fire near Eagle Peak Rd, west of Pine Hills community. Two acres, slow rate of spread in grass. Difficult access by ground; firefighting aircraft making good progress as engines/crews/dozer make access. #RanchFire pic.twitter.com/X0s8b2SecC
— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) August 31, 2021
As of 6 p.m., the flames had charred 2 acres of grass, and the fire was burning with a slow rate of spread, a Cal Fire spokesman told NBC 7. He also said the fire had the potential to burn 10-15 acres.
At 6:30 p.m., smoke from the fire had mostly dissipated as the firefighters gained control of the fire. Ground crews will likely be on scene for hours mopping up hot spots.