Vegetation Fire

On Thursday, May 26, at approximately 3:00 pm, firefighters responded to a vegetation fire near the 4S Ranch Sports Park in 4S Ranch. When they arrived on scene, they found three homes that were in immediate threat of the fire. The fire, moving at a moderate rate of speed in dense vegetation behind the park on Dove Creek Road, caused Oak Valley Middle School to shelter-in-place and the precautionary evacuation of several homes along Palomino Valley Road. The crews worked to protect homes and extinguish the fire, which burned approximately 5 acres. The fire is now extinguished and 100 % contained; however, crews will remain on scene for several more hours to ensure all hot spots are put out. All shelter-in-place and evacuation orders have been lifted. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.

“This fire serves as a reminder that in Southern California we can have a quick moving fire any time of the year and we should always make sure we maintain defensible space around homes,” said Fire Chief Tony Michel. “The homes impacted by today’s fire had appropriate defensible space around their property, which aided in our firefighting efforts.”

In addition to engine companies from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, firefighters from Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, Poway, San Diego, and Cal Fire responded to the incident. Two helicopters from the San Diego Sheriff Department also aided in the firefighting efforts. The cause was determined to accidental by welders working in the area.



In 2011 the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection voted to adopt regulations to implement an annual fee mandated by the California Legislature. The California Board of Equalization, who is invoicing the bill, has begun sending out this year's notices. The State Responsibility Area (SRA) bill, which will be separate from your property tax bill, will be used for fire prevention services and programs provided by the state, not local agencies. For more information, please visit our SRA Fire Prevention Fee page. In addition, the following links may be helpful:


Are You Prepared?

Wildfires are a constant threat for those of us living in Southern California, especially within wildland-urban interface areas like Rancho Santa Fe and its surrounding communities. The Fire Protection District employs a hazard abatement inspector who surveys properties for fire hazards and mails violation notices to property owners not in compliance with District Ordinance 2004-02 and 2014-01A.

Residents within the RSFFPD service area should begin to receive a letter reminding them of the local hazard abatement requirements. Learn more about how you can safeguard not only your home, but your entire community, with the following resources:


Fire District Recognizes Recent Promotions

This week, the Fire District held a Badge Ceremony to recognize the following individuals (L to R):
Brian Salameh, received his FF/PM badge having completed probation
Brian Schmid, promoted to Engineer
Trever Krueger, promoted to Captain
Nick Brandow, promoted to Captain
Dave McQuead, promoted to Battalion Chief/Training Officer
Fred Cox, promoted to Deputy Chief
Not pictured: Nick Chapin, promoted to Engineer

Congratulations to all!


Hands-Only CPR

When someone suffers cardiac arrest, every second counts. The longer a patient goes without Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), the less likely their chance of survival.  Unfortunately, that is what happens all too often. According to the American Heart Association, 70% of Americans feel helpless during emergency situations and hesitate to act.

To help ease fears and increase the chances of patients getting the assistance they need, the AHA has developed Hands-Only CPR. Hands-Only CPR involves two simple steps: 1. Call 9-1-1 and 2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Learn more on our Hands-Only CPR page. You can also download the Hands-Only CPR app from both Google and iTunes.

RSFFPD, Del Mar Fire Department, Encinitas Fire Department, and Solana Beach Fire Department, along with ambulance service provider, American Medical Response, have engaged in an aggressive "hands-only " CPR campaign to increase survival rates within our communities and are already seeing positive results. The agencies are excited to announce that in the year 2014 they had a survival rate of 16% as verified by the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES), a nationally recognized database dedicated to tracking SCA outcomes. So far this year the agencies have seen 36% of their CPR patients survive to be discharged home.

To schedule a Hands-Only CPR training session for your group, please contact our public education coordinator at 858-756-6008.


In our continued effort to increases the survival rate of patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, along with emergency services agencies throughout San Diego County, is now a participating agency on PulsePoint. PulsePoint is an app that works to increase SCA survival rates by notifying CPR-trained users if someone nearby is in need of assistance. Users can then go to that person's aid until paramedics arrive.


More information, including links to download the app and steops for installing and setting it up, can be found on our PulsePoint page. Our press release can be read here.


Plant and Landscape Guide

In an effort to protect homes from a future devastating wildland fire such as the ones experienced in 2003 and 2007, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) does not allow certain types of trees, plants, or shrubs to be planted within certain distances of structures. The fire district has created a booklet that contains valuable information pertaining to both desirable and undesirable trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, roadway clearances, and palm trees. The goal is to educate the public on RSFFPD's ordinances regarding landscaping so they can increase the the chances of their home surviving a wildfire. Please feel free to download a PDF copy or stop by one of our fire stations and pick one up!


Administrative Offices

Just a reminder that our Administrative Offices, which were once housed at Station 1, are now located in the Plaza at the entrance to the community of Cielo, across Calle Ambiente from Station 4. The new location is more centrally located to all areas of the district and will allow us to better meet the needs of our customers. Services offered included plan submissions, plan checks, car seat installations, accounts payable, and other administrative or prevention matters.