MOWER SPARKS FIRE AT JAMUL CREEK

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April 3, 2013 (Otay) – The Deerhorn Valley Antler reports that a contractor awarded a grant to restore a section of Jamul Creek was mowing vegetation yesterday when the mower hit a rock, sparking a flame that started a brush fire.

“The grass was still green, so it was a bit surprising that it would burn,” Tracie Nelson of California Fish & Game told the Antler. The fire was doused quickly thanks to the swift actions of the worker and responding fire crews, with no damage to property.

The blaze occurred on the north side of Otay Lakes Road on Rancho Jamul Ecological Rserve, just north of the Pio Pico campground along Jamul Creek.

But Nelson warns that this is “just a little taste of what kind of fire season we may be in for, with so little rainfall.”