Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version Share this

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:

Schuler indicated no structures were threatened as of 2:35 p.m.; additional resources have been ordered.

However at, a recent post indicates the incident commander has rquested engines for "immediate structure protection."  Two air tankers are on the scene and two more have been ordered, as well as additional hand crews and water tenders.

The site further indicates the fire is burning off Highway 78 west of Scissors crossing on Cigarette Hill with strong westerly winds.

Sign up to receive free Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts via email at the top right side of our homepage and also receive a free weekly copy of East County Magazine with top news and events.  You can also receive brief text alerts on your mobile device by following ViejasAlerts on Twitter. We recommend all of the above, to stay safe at home, at work and on the road.


Error message

Support community news in the public interest! As nonprofit news, we rely on donations from the public to fund our reporting -- not special interests. Please donate to sustain East County Magazine's local reporting and/or wildfire alerts at to help us keep people safe and informed across our region.