February 29, 2024
A Cal Fireplace San Diego truck on a rural highway. Courtesy Cal Fireplace

A brush hearth blackened scores of open acres Wednesday within the space of Barnett Ranch County Protect, threatening properties and prompting evacuations as crews fought the flames by floor and air.

The blaze erupted for unknown causes shortly earlier than 11:30 a.m. off San Vicente Highway in Ramona, close to Bunnie King Lane and Chuck Wagon Highway, Cal Fireplace San Diego reported.

With the flames spreading over hilly open terrain towards rural neighborhoods, deputies cleared folks out of properties closest to the burn space, based on the San Diego County Sheriff’s Division.

The evacuation was east of Serra Approach, stretching north and south of San Vicente Highway.

Evacuation area
The evacuation space in Ramona. Courtesy Cal Fireplace

As of 1 p.m., the fireplace had charred an estimated 103 acres as crews fought it on the bottom and aboard air tankers and water-dropping helicopters, Cal Fireplace Captain Mike Cornette stated.

Authorities established a brief shelter for the evacuees at Olive Peirce Center College, 1521 Hanson Lane in Ramona.

Up to date at 2:20 p.m.., Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023