San Diego

1 in Custody After 3-Acre Brush Fire Near Frances Ryan Park in Escondido

One person is in custody in connection with a three-acre brush fired that charred vegetation on a trail in Escondido Thursday, officials said.

Escondido Fire Department (EFD) and Cal Fire San Diego crews rushed to the 300 block of Hidden Trails Road at around 2:40 p.m. to tackle the flames. The fire sparked near Ryan Park, in medium fuel, EFD official said.

Just before 3:30 p.m., Cal Fire officials said the fire was burning in the area of Old Guejito Grade and Stonebridge roads. Minutes later, Cal Fire said crews had been able to stop the fire from spreading. The fire is 100 percent contained. 

Escondido police took one person into custody after someone observed suspicious activity in the area around the start of the fire. 

This was one of several small brush fires that sparked Thursday amid hot, dry conditions across San Diego County.

Another brush fire scorched two acres off State Route 52 at Santo Road in Tierrasanta just before 9:30 a.m.; at 3 p.m., a 4-acre brush fire sparked off State Route 94 at Rancho Jamul Drive in the Jamul area. Both of those fires were knocked down quickly.

Meanwhile, more than 350 firefighters continued to battle the "Cristianitos Fire" Thursday, a brush fire that sparked Wednesday, scorching 700 acres on Camp Pendleton. The fire jumped the line into Orange County Thursday morning.

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