Firefighters battling the Rock Fire in Ramona. Courtesy Cal Fire
Firefighters battling the Rock Fire near Poway. Courtesy Cal Fire

Updated at 12:00 p.m., Sunday Jul. 24

A wildfire that has burned 28 acres in an area east of Poway is now 85 percent contained, a Cal Fire official said Sunday.

Crews are making progress against the blaze, and cooler weather might have helped, said Capt. Kendal Bortisser, Cal Fire public information officer. Because the fire burned steep, rocky terrain, “it takes more time to mop up,” Bortisser added.

One-hundred firefighters were on scene to battle the blaze, said Capt. Kendal Bortisser of Cal Fire. Bortisser said no structures have been damaged, and there are no reported injuries. Air tankers and helicopters were also deployed Friday.

A burning vehicle ignited brush alongside state Route 67 Friday afternoon, and caused the wildfire that initially threatened some homes and prompted evacuations as it spread over the rugged, hilly terrain east of Poway. Air tankers and helicopters were deployed to fight the blaze.

The fire erupted near Rockhouse Road shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Friday, according to Cal Fire. Crews were able to hold the wind-blown fire at about two acres for a time, but the flames wound up jumping containment lines in the late afternoon and began moving across more open land.

Within three hours of starting, the blaze had grown to roughly 20 acres, the state agency reported.

–City News Service