Freeway Fire September 6 2020


Contact: Battalion Chief Jeff Sargis (760)705-7122

On September 6, 2020 at 4:45 PM, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a possible vegetation fire in the area of Northbound I15 near the 78 interchange. A vegetation response was dispatched; the first arriving Officer reported an active fire on the right shoulder of the freeway involving both brush as well as trees and an immediate threat to one structure.

Due to the current weather conditions and the potential threat to life and property, a second alarm was requested.

The fire was contained within 30 minutes. In all, 7 Engines, 1 Utility Truck, 1 Water Tender, 2 Chief Officers and a Fire Investigator responded. The response included assistance from San Marcos Fire Department, Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, and Escondido Police Department.

There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation.