Crews extinguished a brush fire in National City Monday that started when a man drove off the road, causing his vehicle to catch fire, National City Fire Department said.
The fire started around 9:43 a.m. when a man drove his vehicle off the road near the 3000 block of Plaza Bonita Road into some brush, NCFD Battalion Chief Robert Hernandez said.
Following the crash, the man’s vehicle caught fire, spreading to the surrounding brush. The man was able to extricate himself from the vehicle and was not injured, NCFD said. The fire had a moderate rate of spread, prompting a first alarm response and spreading to one acre, with a lot of smoke and flames.
A helicopter with San Diego Fire-Rescue Department was called to the blaze to make water drops to help knock down the fire, Hernandez said.