The fire is now 1,500 acres. An evacuation order remains in effect for the community of Carve Acre.
Update 5:26 p.m.: Cal Fire says the wildfire is moving west toward Lawson Valley. Those under evacuation orders can go to Steele Canyon High School at 12440 Campo Road, Spring Valley or Joan MacQueen Middle School at 2001 Tavern Road, Alpine.
Update 4:59 p.m.: The Valley Fire is now 1,000 acres, per Cal Fire. Temperatures in the Alpine area have soared to 113 degrees. Scanner traffic indicates a one-mile front on the fire burning toward Lawson Valley. A request for VBAT (very bit air tankers) has been denied due to them battling fires elsewhere.
Update 4:25 p.m.: The Valley Fire is now 500 acres and zero percent contained. SDG&E's outage map indicates there are some power outages in the fire area. The Lawson Valley area in Jamul is now threatened.
By Miriam Raftery
Photo, left by Kristine Pamintuan, from her home on Japatul Valey Road.
September 5, 2020 (Alpine) – The #ValleyFire is burning westward at a critical rate of spread after starting near 4561 Spirit Trail in the Japatul Valley area of Alpine. The fast-moving brush fire has burned 300 to 400 acres and is threatening homes. Residents of Carveacre are under evacuation orders, the National Forest Service reports.
Multiple fire agencies have responded including air tankers and helicopters. SG&E's Sky Maverick is also doing water drops.
Firefighters are battling the blaze in 105 degree heat with winds 14-28 mph amid a red flag alert and gusty winds.
Cal Fire and Cleveland National Forest Service are in unified command.
Resources are stretched thin due to other fires burning across California.
Photo, right, by Nancy Hauser.
Update: As of 4:20 p.m., HPWREN is currently live streaming at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8WHpypVQMs
Photo, left, by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson, viewed from Santee.
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