Brush fire breaks out near homes in eastern Ramona

Posted at 9:22 PM, Sep 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-02 00:27:36-04

RAMONA, Calif. (KGTV) - Crews quickly knocked down a brush fire that broke out on a hillside behind homes in Ramona Saturday.

The flames were first reported at 3:15 p.m. near the 1600 block of Griffith Rd. in eastern Ramona.

Within minutes, the fire grew to as much as five acres, according to Cal Fire.

Crews were able to stop the flames from spreading using an air and ground attack.

"They knocked it down real fast," said resident Chip Jenson. "It was impressive."

Cal Fire says some engines will stay on scene through the night as a precaution.

The fire comes on the heels of a new statewide Strategic Fire Plan released earlier in the week.

The plan is the State’s roadmap for reducing the risk and impacts from wildland fires. 

According to CalFire The Strategic Fire Plan places emphasis on what needs to be done long before a fire starts, while also looking to reduce firefighting costs, property losses, increasing firefighter safety, and contributing to forest health. 

“We continue to experience large and damaging wildfires across our State and must work to break the cycle,” said J. Keith Gilless, Chair of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. “This plan addresses the need for continued efforts to prevent wildfire while considering recent climate considerations like drought and tree mortality.”

The plan includes eight goals the address analyzing the fire risk, supporting land use planning, community preparedness planning, public education, integrating landowner fuels management, identifying fire suppression resources, increasing fire prevention efforts, and post-wildfire recovery.

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