Update 5:30 p.m. This fire was contained at 8 acres, Cal Fire reports.
June 17, 2012 (Potrero) - Cal-Fire is on the scene of a 6-acre brush fire on Potrero Valley Road in Potrero, Incident Page Network reports. The fire is reportedly spreading at a slow rate of speed. Watch for update soon.
June 12, 2012 (El Cajon) – A brush fire this evening at Lavala Lane and Highway 8 Business loop in El Cajon charred at least two acares, forcing evacuations in the area briefly, Incident Page Network reported. Helicopters dropped water on the blaze, swiftly bringing it under control.
Heartland Fire Dispatch reports units are now being released from the scene.
June 11, 2012 (Tecate)—A Mexican newspaper reports that a forest fire which began east of Tecate on the Mexican side of the border has consumed hundreds of square meters of vegetation, including wildland areas and crops. The blaze is burning toward Mexicali; cause is unknown.
A forest-fire fighting brigade is battling the blaze, which has produced a cloud of smoke visible in East County. The fire is burning near several electrical towers with high-voltage lines.
June 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- A SIG ALERT has been issued for I-8 eastbound at College Avenue due to a brush fire. Two lanes are now blocked, Cal-Trans reports. Expect traffic delays.
June 10, 2012 (Lakeside) – San Diego County’s third wildfire in one day has charred several acres in El Monte Valley on the north side of Lake Jennings near El Monte Park. No structures are threatened, according to Cal Fire.
“Two water helos and two bombers out of Ramona are knocking it down pretty quick,” reader Charley Barranco e-mailed ECM late today. “Only white smoke is showing.”
- Listen to your portable radio for reports and evacuation information.
- Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape.
- Close garage windows and doors, but leave them unlocked.
- Confine pets to one room.
- Arrange temporary housing.
- When advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Wear protective clothing.
- Take your emergency kit.
- Lock your home.
- Follow the evacuation route that your local officials have identified.
Update June 10, 2012 6 p.m. - The Horse fire has been stopped at 12 acres, Lakeside Fire Chief Andy Parr told ECM. Fixed wing aircraft and helicopters were used to battle the blaze under a unified command with Cal-Fire. No homes were lost, Chief Parr confirmed.
East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery will be a guest on WindWise Radio. The network, which specializes in wind energy issues, broadcasts nationally via live-stream over the Internet.
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Preston Arrowweed, an elder in the Quechan tribe which has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt the project, will also be a guest on the program.
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Update 3:50 pm. The highway is expected to reopen by 6 p.m., starting with one-way traffic. Traffic is being diverted up Old Highway 80 over the Sunrise Highway currently.
Update: 2:25 p.m. These fires have been held to a total of 12 acres; air tankers are being dismissed. Fire is contained but not yet out; no structures were lost.
June 11, 2012 (Julian)—A fire near the Rodriguez Spur Truck Trail and Pacific Crest Trail charred three to five acres east of Julian near Banner grade today, Cal-Fire reports.
Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
CAL-FIRE offers tips for safe brush-clearing
June 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – CAL FIRE has sent a warning advising homeowners to use caution when clearing dead brush and grass. While creating defensible space is a critical step to prepare for wildfire season, as fire danger rises, unsafe use of power equipment can actually start a fire.
In fact, CAL FIRE’S Mike Mohler told ECM, the Banner Fire that charred 5,321 acres near Julian last week was caused by brush-clearing equipment.
May 29, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The Banner Fire is now 100% contained, after scorching 5,321 acres. The blaze, which started in the Banner Grade area near Julian, cost $4 million in firefighting expenditures to date.
Note: ECM apologizes for not sending an alert on this incident. Our editor was away briefly and our assistant editor was left without power due to an SDG&E outage. Thanks to Cal-Fire and Donna Tisdale for the information provided below.
May 28, 2012 (Boulevard) – A vehicle collision severed a power pole near White Star Fire Station,, sparking a brush fire in the 2100 block of Tierra Del Sol in Boulevard this afternoon.
The fire burned four acres but was swiftly brought under control with no damage to structures, though several homes were in close proximity to the blaze.
May 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The Banner Fire has burned 5,321 acres and is now 90 percent contained, Cal Fire reports. Full containment of the fire is expected Monday, when acreage estimates are also projected to increase due to more accurate mapping, Roxanne Provaznik at Cal-Fire said.
Residents Urged to Clear Defensible Space Ahead of Peak Fire Season
May 27, 2012 (Jamul) – On May 22, Cal Fire and County officials, including County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, gave a tour with the homeowners of a correctly cleared space around a Jamul home. With vegetation drying out and summer drawing near now is the best time to make sure homes are protected by 100 feet of defensible space. Cal Fire Chief, Thom Porter led the tour and provided a map of high-risk areas that have not burned recently.
Updated May 27, 2012, 10 a.m. -- The Banner Fire was held at 4,100 acres through the night and remains 65% contained. Fire suppression cost has reached $2 million. Excess resources are now being dismissed, according to Roxanne Provaznik with Cal-Fire.
May 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The Banner Fire has burned 4,100 and is 65 percent contained as of 5 p.m. this evening, Cal Fire reports. There are currently no evacuations. The fire is burning in the Banner Grade area south of Highway 78 and east of Julian. All roads are now open.
May 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The Banner Fire has now scorched 3,100 acres and cost $575,000 in fire suppression costs.
“Full control of the Banner Fire is expected on May 30th, and firefighters still have 12 miles of fireline to construct,” said Roxanne Provaznik at Cal-Fire. “The fire is burning primarily in grass and light brush. Strong erratic winds are driving the forward spread of the fire, poor road access, steep and rugged terrain hampers the firefighting efforts.”
Mandatory evacuation of the Stage Coach Trails RV Resort was lifted as of 6:00 p.m. State Parks resources, archaeological, cultural and sensitive habitat remain threatened.
Update 5:10 p.m. - The forward spread of this fire has been stopped.
May 25, 2012 (Dulzura) – A brush fire titled the "Pink Fire" is burning in the 17000 block of Highway 94 near Sycamore Canyon in the Dulzura area.
“It’s burning under power lines,” Battalion Chief Nick Schuler informed ECM. Currently the fire is approximately three acres in size, burning in a canyon to the east.
May 25, 2012 (Shelter Valley)--The Banner Fire flared up at the eastern end this afternoon, prompting mandatory evacuation of the Stage Coach Trails RV Resort at the south end of the Shelter Valley community.
Update May 25, 2012-7:45 a.m. - The fire is now 2,500 acres and 20% contained. There have been no reported injuries to firefighters and no structures were damaged or destroyed.
Cal-Fire reports there are currently 36 engines, 17 fire crews, 3 bulldozers, 9 water tenders, 4 helicopters and 6 airtankers (393 firefighters). Shelter Valley residents have been allowed to return home.
May 24, 2012 (Julian) – The “Banner Fire” which started at 2:14 p.m. has burned four to five acres thus far east of Julian near the Banner Grade.
“The fire is located in an area known as Cigarette Canyon close to the location of last year’s `Great Fire,’” Battalion Chief Nick Schuler say, adding that the blaze is spreading at a “moderate rate.”
Webcam image from Volcan Mountain: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/cameras/L/sy-av8185-1_3.jpg
May 18, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A border fire in Jewell Valley that has been burning for several days is now 100% contained. However a new fire erupted this afternoon on Marron Valley Road near Dulzura. The new fire, known as Border Fire #7, is now 70% contained and its spread has been stopped, according to Cal-Fire.
Border Fire #7 has burned about 25 acres in the U.S. and 15 in Mexico. The Incident Commander has released three fire crews and all air-tankers assigned.
May 17, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- The spread of a 600-acre fire that has burned over 15 acres on the U.S. side of the border in the Jewel Valley area has been stopped, CAL-FIRE reports.
“There is extensive mop up on this portion of the incident, and crews will be committed well into the night,” said Roxanne Provaznik with CAL-FIRE. “The fire is still spreading eastward in Mexico. We will continue to monitor the fire activity in Mexico to determine any threat.”
There is one minor heat-related injury to a firefighter.
Update 1:20 p.m. - The fire has burned 15-20 acres on the U.S. side of the border, Incident Page Network and Cal-Fire report. Additional strike forces teams were ordered however Cal-Fire Roxanne Provaznik now states that good progress is being made on the fire and that two of four air tankers have been released.
May 17, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--CAL FIRE/San Diego Fire Authority is on the scene of a brush fire along the U.S./Mexico border. The fire in Mexico is approximately 600 acres and has just crossed into the U.S.