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Two fires erupt in Fallbrook; both quickly extinguished

Two fires broke out in two different areas within Fallbrook today but were quickly extinguished, North County Fire

has reported.

The first blaze was called in about 10 a.m. and was located off Via Rancheros. The cause of the blaze was known - a tractor doing brush clearing on a property sparked it.

"We had two injuries associated with that one," said John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire.

"Two local residents, a man and a woman in their 80s were trying to extinguish it."

Buchanan said firefighters contained the blaze to one-and-a-half acres and the two citizens were transported to the hospital for precautionary measures.

"We felt they may have had smoke inhalation issues; non-life threatening" said Buchanan.

Both North County Fire and Cal Fire responded to the incident. A total of five engines were on scene with one hand crew.

"The fire didn't get real close to any structures, there was a good 50 to 60 feet between it and any homes, and the homes nearby had decent amounts of

clearance around their structures," added Buchanan.

The blaze was completely extinguished and mopped up by early afternoon.

The second fire occurred about 5:45 p.m. in the 1300 block of East Mission Road near Industrial Way. While the cause of the blaze is under investigation, Buchanan said, only one-half acre of dry brush burned before fire crews extinguished it.

"We're not sure what started this one, our investigators are looking into it," he said.

Buchanan said the area was bordered by a block wall and only had one shed on the property, which was not affected.

The property borders a nursery, but no damage was noted.

The blaze is still in the mop-up process.


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