Lightning sparks tree fire in Rancho Santa Fe


On Tuesday, June 30, at 2:57 p.m., firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD), with assistance from the Encinitas Fire Department, responded to the report of a vegetation fire near the 18000 block of Via Roswitha in Rancho Santa Fe.

A column of smoke could be seen from a distance as crews made their way to the scene. Upon arrival, firefighters found a row of cypress trees on fire. Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire and quickly, with the help of the rainy conditions, stopped its forward progress. There was no immediate threat to any structures and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was determined to be a lightning strike. Due to the fire being located on state responsibility area land, CalFire responded to take a report.

“The fact that the trees caught fire during a downpour highlights just how dangerous conditions are this fire season,” said Conor Lenehan, RSFFPD Urban Forester. “It also serves as a reminder that Cypress trees should be a minimum of 30 feet from structures. Had these trees been closer to the house, the fire could have extended into the structure.”

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