Small Blaze Near Historic Presidio Doused with Copters, Other Agencies

Brush fire Old Town
Smoke over Presidio Park late Sunday afternoon. Photo credit: DSDFD via Twitter

Firefighters quickly took control of a small vegetation fire in Old Town Sunday just outside the north border of the historic San Diego Presidio Park.

Flames had burned in medium to heavy fuels with a moderate rate of spread off Taylor Street, near Inspiration Point. Crews on scene reported that they put out the half-acre blaze by 5:25 pm, about 35 minutes after receiving first reports of the fire.

They indicated they would be on the scene for about two hours for mop-up.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department called in a full wildland response, including four helicopters, three brush rigs and four fire engines. The SDFD also received assistance from other agencies – Coronado, El Cajon and Poway. San Diego police shut down Taylor in both directions.

Fire crews were checking the Presidio for any damage.

The Royal Presidio of San Diego is a historic fort established on May 14, 1769, by Gaspar de Portol, leader of the first European land exploration of Alta California. The Presidio became the first permanent European settlement on the Pacific Coast.

Abandoned by 1835, the site of the original Presidio lies on a hill within Presidio Park. The San Diego Presidio, registered as a California Historical Landmark in 1932, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960.

– City News Service

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