October 3, 2011 (Julian) Update 7 p.m.- The Great Fire is 65 percent contained this evening and holding at 2,000 acres, the same size the wildfire has been estimated at since yesterday morning.
Winds are blowing at 10 mph out of the southwest, with gusts of 17 mph, Cal Fire Batallion Chief Nick Schuler reports, adding that there is an increase in cumulous cloud build up and an anticipated increase in wind speeds. Progress is being made in all divisions, he added.
Although more than 1,100 homes in the Julian order were placed on standby for possible evacuation yesterday, no evacuations were ordered, Cal Fire's Roxanne Provaznikconfirmed.
October 3, 2011 (Julian) 1:25 p.m. – All evacuation advisories have been lifted in the Julian area, where the Great Fire is 40% contained. Road closures have also been lifted, however the Pacific Crest Trail in the fire affected areas remains closed, as well as Rodriguez Truck Trail.
According to Cal-Fire’s incident update, 1,486 firefighting personnel including federal, state and local agencies are currently battling the 2,000 wildfire, including 119 engines, 52 fire crews, 8 air tankers, 6 helicopters, and 6 bulldozers.
MORE THAN A THOUSAND FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING GREAT FIRE; BLAZE BURNING N ANZA BORREGO STATE PARK AND FEDERAL FOREST LANDS
October 2, 2011 (Borrego) – Cal Fire reports that the Great Fire, which started south of 78 near Julian yesterday (see ECM report ), has grown to 2,000 acres and is only 5% contained, Cal Fire spokesoperson Roxanne Provaznik confirms.
The fire has burned over the top of Granite Mountain, heading east into Anza Borrego Desert State Park and federal lands.
Update October 2, 2011 6:45 p.m. --The Great Fire is 20 percent contained and holding at 2,000 acres. Currently there are 119 engines, 52 fire crews, eight bulldozers, and 21 water tenders at the scene, a total of 1,486 firefighters. Fire crews have four miles of containment line to construct; cost to fight the fire is estimated at $650,000, said Roxanne Provaznik at Cal-Fire.
Update Oct. 1, 2011 10:15 p.m. - Crews from Los Angeles have been called to assist on the Great Fire, which has swelled to 960 acres, per Cal-Fire, and continues to burn to the northeast toward the desert. It is 5% contained.