The recent rain played a role in helping contain a fire that broke out Tuesday in Pauma Valley, officials said.
A vehicle fire sparked near State Route 76 and Pauma Rancho Road around 10:30 p.m. and then spread to nearby grass.
Firefighters were initially concerned that if the fire got over a nearby ridge, it could have quickly spread to a big open area.
“We're very lucky that we had the rain that we had about a month ago with the grass crop coming up or it would have been a different story,” said Capt. Rick Johnson.
In the end, about a quarter of an acre was scorched.