Fire Burns Near San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Fire crews on Friday afternoon tackled a 1-acre fire burning vegetation in Escondido northeast of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

The fire came close to homes, but did not threaten any of them. It was reported just after 4 p.m. in the 16700 block of Rockwood Road, about 2.5 miles from the Safari Park.

The blaze was sparked by a homeowner doing welding. He attempted to put out the fire with a bucket of water, but the wind allowed it to grow to 1 acre, fire officials said.

It was brought under control by 6 p.m.

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