Firefighters quickly extinguished a brush fire along the Santa Maria creekbed on 13th Street Thursday afternoon.
The call came in around 4:30 p.m., said Cal Fire/Ramona Fire Department Capt. Danny Ramirez.
When firefighters arrived, he said, there was “heavy fuel, slow rate of spread.” Ramirez said it took firefighters five to 10 minutes to stop the forward movement.
He estimated it burned less than one-fourth of an acre of grass, heavy brush and trees.
“A lot of stuff got carried up into the canopy area,” Ramirez said as firefighters cut trees and limbs and sparks flew.
Ramirez said the cause of the fire is unknown. Responding to the scene were firefighters from Ramona’s stations 80 and 82 and from Cal Fire’s Witch Creek station.