Around 4:30 p.m. on July 1, 2014 a brush fire broke out on a hillside near Highway 67 and the Riverford exit in the East County area bordering Santee, Lakeside, and El Cajon boundaries.
San Diego County Sheriffs, Heartland Fire Department, and other local fire departments rushed to the scene to knock down the fire.
With the drought hitting San Diego County hard the chaparral is dry and conditions for fires to start are prime.
Sheriff deputies quickly rerouted commuter highway traffic to alternate exits and redirected other surface street traffic to alternate routes as well as the fire was being extinguished.
In May 2014 San Diego County experienced a series of wildfires that destroyed some homes and other structures. The fires hit North County, East County, and other parts of the County.
County residents are on edge even from the May fires as well as having lived thru major wildfires in 2003 and 2007.
How to evacuate quickly is now a part of most residents thoughts having either evacuated formerly or on standby to evacuate.
While temperatures were not extreme the groundcover is dry and brittle.
As always factors in containing a fire are topography, wind, and fuel for the fire to feed off of.
Firefighters were on hand surrounding a wood fence that circled a newly constructed home at the top of the hillside.
Local firefighting agencies recommend several of the following during high fire season:
--Clear your property of dry brush.
--Consider fire barrier groundcover plants such as iceplant.
--Have handy working, non-cracked garden hoses.
--Have an evacuation plan ready for you and your family.
--Have out of state contacts to have all family and friends check in with if necessary.
Visit the local fire department websites for further updates on this and any other fires.