Smoke could be seen for miles from a 12.5-acre brush fire burning in a rural part of Fallbrook near Vista Del Lago Drive and Knoll Park Lane Tuesday afternoon. The fire burned close to several homes.
Cal Fire and U.S. Forestry responded to the scene.
The fire started at an estimated five acres just before 2 p.m. and Cal Fire used GPS mapping to estimate the fire at 12.5 acres at around 6 p.m.
Cal Fire also said that fire was 30 percent contained and the forward rate of spread had been stopped.
Because the area is difficult to get to by foot, most of the firefighting efforts were by air.
Fire crews said if the wind had been blowing another direction nearby homes could have been in danger.
No homes or businesses were evacuated or threatened, and no roads were closed. Firefighters are expected to stay at the scene overnight Tuesday.
In 2002, some 40 homes in the area were burned down when a brush fire started close to Tuesday's fire.
"We always are really worried when we see this because if the winds kick up you might have to evacuate on real short notice and we've had that happen in the past. We only had about 15 minutes to get out. So it's worrisome," resident Jack Acomb said.
No homes were threatened and no one was evacuated.