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Defensible Space Saved Rancho Santa Fe Homes from ‘Toyon Fire': Cal Fire

A fire that threatened multiple homes in Rancho Santa Fe Thursday was extinguished before it could do major damage thanks to good defensible space and an aggressive attack from firefighters.

The "Toyon Fire" sparked near Del Dios Highway and Toyon Canyon Road and grew to 3 acres, Cal Fire said.

At least two houses near the Hernandez Hideaway were threatened, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Deputies responded to the scene and were evacuating residences.

The Rancho Santa Fe and San Marcos fire departments also responded.

Cal Fire tweeted at 4:50 p.m. that the forward spread had been stopped and that firefighters were still working to contain the fire.

By around 9 p.m. all units had been cleared from the fire. In a tweet Cal Fire said "The combination of aggressive fire attack and good defensible space helped these homes."

Del Dios Highway was closed in both directions between Via Rancho Parkway and Calle Ambiente causing major delays. The highway was reopened at around 6:30 p.m.

Wildfire safety resources can be found here.

No other information was available.

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