East County plane crash sparks small fire

RAMONA, Calif. -- Firefighters quickly knocked down a blaze after a plane crashed west of the Ramona airport, officials said Saturday.

The plane crashed just west of the airport shortly before 8 a.m., San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Arnold Aldana said.

Firefighters arrived at the crash site to find the aircraft fully engulfed in flames in a field off Rangeland Road and Highland Valley Road, according to Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez.

Crews were able to get the fire out within about 10 minutes and the fire did not spread to nearby vegetation, Sanchez said. Both people inside the plane were unhurt.

Moments later, CAL Fire San Diego shared on Twitter: "no extension into the vegetation, all occupants accounted for an uninjured."

Nikki Bridges lives close to where the crash happened. She was worried about her farm with flames so close.

"I immediately thought about our escape plan ... because it can still spark and ember and go up," said Bridges. "We have pigs, chickens, dogs and cats."