North County brush fires
Crews attack the Sandia Fire near De Luz with retardant to aid firefighters on the ground. Photo credit: @CalFireSanDiego via Twitter

A vegetation fire in the De Luz area of Fallbrook grew to 30 acres Sunday as firefighters from multiple agencies battled the flames, authorities said.

The blaze, dubbed the Sandia Fire, was reported at 1:35 p.m. off Sandia Creek Road north of De Luz Road, Cal Fire San Diego Capt. Thomas Shoots said.

At about 4:40 p.m. the agency reported that the forward rate of spread had been stopped, with the fire 10% contained. Firefighters planned to remain on scene building a containment line and mopping up hot spots.

Up to that point, ground crews had been making “good progress” on the flanks of the fire, the captain said with. no immediate threat to structures.

Three copters dropped water and four tankers spread fire retardant in the area. The North County Fire Protection District was in unified command with Cal Fire San Diego.

Part of Sandia Creek Road was closed to northbound traffic.

– City News Service

Updated 4:55 p.m. Sept. 4, 2022



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