Firefighters extinguish grass fire in Ramona

Firefighters work to extinguish a grass fire between 11th and 12th and D and H streets Saturday afternoon. Sentinel photos/Philip Garnett
Firefighters work to extinguish a grass fire between 11th and 12th and D and H streets Saturday afternoon. Sentinel photos/Philip Garnett

A small grass fire between 11th and 12th streets burned less than two acres on Saturday afternoon and was extinguished within two hours, said a Ramona firefighter.

The fire occurred around 1:40 p.m. in a grass field behind a home between 11th and 12th streets and D and H. Abe Gonzales at Ramona Fire Station 80 said the fire was sparked when the homeowner was operating a riding lawnmower that struck an unknown item. No damage or loss was reported.

Ramona Fire Department and CalFire Prevention Bureau offer a list of tips to prevent fires caused by mowing in hot and dry weather. They

recommend mowing before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. and keeping the exhaust system, spark arrester and mower free of carbon buildup. The agencies also caution against striking rocks with metal blades, because this may start a fire.

   
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