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Pipe storage yard ablaze; 1 firefighter injured in 2,500 acre inferno

By Miriam Raftery


August 21, 2010 (Lakeside) 3:40 pm – “Conditions are ripe for a major fire, now established on El Cajon [El Capitan] Mountain, which last burned in the 2003 Cedar Fire,” according to a Cal-Fire post which cites air attack on the scene of the fire in Monte Valley. The fire is now estimated at 2,500 acres.


A site with minute-by-minute updates of the fire has been set up here: . Terrain is steep and rocky, with access limited due to roads not maintained since the Cedar Fire.

A large commercial pipe storage yard is on fire at the base of the dam, putting up a large column black smoke. Air attack is “concerned fire could spot across the lake to the east if the head can't be slowed,” Cal Fire reports. The current priority is the north face of El Cajon [El Capitan] Mountain.


One firefighter has suffered minor injuries.  Earlier this afternoon 10 people were evacuated by helicopter, including two climbers trapped on the face of El Capitan.


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