Witch Creek Fire
The Witch Creek Fire broke out shortly after noon on Sunday, October 21, 2007, near Ramona. The fire, aided by strong Santa Ana winds and plenty of extremely dry fuel, spread quickly and reached the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District boundaries at approximately 1:30 a.m. on October 22 and the entire population of the District was evacuated at 10:30 that morning. Rancho Santa Fe firefighters, with the help of strike teams from Northern California as well as other local agencies, spent several days fighting active fire and providing structure protection throughout the District, achieving full containment on October 24. Residents were allowed back in their homes shortly before noon on Friday, October 26, after Fire District and Sheriff's Department officials confirmed the area was clear of spot fires and road obstacles.
Quick Statistics (from within the Fire District boundaries)
- Approximately 6,000 acres burned
- 61 homes/outbuildings destroyed
- 23 homes/outbuildings damaged
- 21,000 evacuated
- No significant injuries or deaths
The following is a list of structures that were damaged or destroyed by the fire. If you believe there is an error on the list, please contact the Fire District, 858-756-5971.
There are NO structure losses within the communities of:
- 4S Ranch (tracts)
- The Bridges
- The Crosby
- Mount Israel
Preliminary Damage Assessment Map (Rancho Santa Fe only)