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September 2, 2010 (Campo) – A strike team of firefighters is staging at Star Ranch for structure protection, aiming to halt the 200-acre Cowboy fire at the outskirts of the Ranch before it can reach the Campo Hills housing development. The fire is burning in a northeast direction.


“A large water bomber just flew overhead,” Christy Scott, editor of the Alpine Sun, informed East County Magazine. Lake Morena provides an accessible source of water for water-dropping aircraft, she added.


A retired local fire official told ECM that the area where the fire is burning has thick brush that has not burned in a century.


“My children were evacuated to the high school,” said Christine Pryor, who works at the Campo Diner. I’ve had family pick them up. I’m not very concerned; we’ve had large fires in our area. I’m not ready to pack up and evacuate our home just yet.”

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Cowboy Fire

If it is burning northeast from Star Ranch, how can it be threatening Campo Hills? To do that, it would need to burn east or southeast.