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Brush fire east of Ramona reaches 50 acres but forward spread stopped

Firefighters battling the Caesar Fire in Ramona, Sept. 5, 2022.
Cal Fire San Diego
Firefighters battling the Caesar Fire in Ramona, Sept. 5, 2022.

A 50-acre brush fire broke out east of Ramona Monday and threatened structures in the area, but firefighters were able to halt its forward spread by early afternoon.

The blaze, dubbed the Caesar Fire, sparked about noon on the north side of state Route 78 near Ramona Trails Drive in the Witch Creek area.

At 1:30 p.m., Cal Fire stated that the forward rate of spread had been stopped.


There were no reports of injuries and no immediate information regarding whether any structures had been damaged.

A temporary evacuation point was set up at Olive Peirce Middle School at 1521 Hanson Lane, while an animal evacuation shelter opened at Ramona Rodeo Grounds at 421 Aqua Lane.

State Route 78 was closed in both directions from Magnolia Avenue to Southerland Dam Road. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department advised motorists to drive slowly for firefighters, sheriff's deputies and road crews working in the area.

This is breaking news. We will update as detail becomes available.

  • The wildfire that began Wednesday in San Diego’s East County near the town of Potrero has charred about 4,400 acres, jumped state route 94 and burned south toward the Tecate area.

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