OCEANSIDE–A brush fire broke out in a vacant field behind the North County Transit District Sprinter station Thursday, the Oceanside Fire Department said.
The blaze was reported shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Crouch and Oceanside Blvd. Firefighters on scene found approximately 1 acre of grass burning with a moderate rate of spread in a vacant field at Crouch and Skylark.
Firefighters from Camp Pendleton and Carlsbad were immediately deployed in the area in an effort to stop the fire from crossing the street and becoming established in the heavy brush on the other side.
While the fire did spot across Crouch Street in thee location, crews were able to quickly suppress the spot fires. Had the fire continued burning across the street, approximately seven homes in the Fire Mountain area would have been immediately threatened by the flames.
After approximately 23 minutes of effort, crews were able to stop the forward progress of the flames and contain the fire. In all, approximately 4 acres of brush and grass burned in the fire. The three spot fires across Crouch totaled less than a ¼ acre.
There have been a two other brush fires in the surrounding area over the past several days. Investigators from the Oceanside Fire and Police Departments were called to the scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire. The fire remains under investigation at the current time, but was not started by any electrical lines or other utility infrastructure. There were no injuries to firefighters and no evacuations were ordered.
Two engines remained on scene until approximately 3:30 p.m. mopping up any remaining hot spots.