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SAN DIEGO - Firefighters made quick work of a brush fire Sunday afternoon at state Route 52 in Tierrasanta, west of Santee.

San Diego firefighters battled a brush fire in Mission Trails Regional Park, on the south side of state Route 52 east of Santo Road.

The blaze was first reported about 3:15 p.m. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department sent at least seven engines to battle the flames, including a brush engine.

“When our first units arrived on scene they found a vegetation fire that was approximately one acre moving quickly up the slope and immediately called for additional resources at that time,” San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief David Gerboth said.

The California Highway Patrol closed eastbound traffic on Route 52 and diverted drivers off the highway at Santo Road.

The fire was extinguished by 4:10 p.m. and charred two acres of land.  No structures were threatened and there were no reports of anyone getting injured.

Fire officials say a catalytic converter started the fire.

The highway lanes were reopened around 4:15 p.m.

San Diego Fire-Rescue told FOX 5 that the entire state of California has seen a 30 percent increase in brush fires because of all the rain we saw earlier this year.

“What it caused was a significant grass crop and that’s really what catches and carries our fires. We haven’t seen a grass crop like this in about six years,” Gerboth said.

As firefighters do their part in preparing to attack fires like Sunday's, they are asking the public to prepare too by following the "Ready, Set, Go" plan.

“Ready is that you’re ready. You understand your escape routes. Where you’re important papers are in your home. Set is that you’re listening to the media. You understand you’re surroundings. What’s going on around you, and go. When you have firefighters or police officers that are asking you to evacuate please do so so that you can get out of the way. We can let the firefighters come in, do their job just as they did today, put the fire out and save your property,” Garboth said.