CutCa fire



Update July 26, 2015, 8 p.m. -- The CutCa fire is now 50% contained, Cleveland National Forest's Inciweb site reports. Crews are spiked out on the line for this evening and will resume work in the morning. Heat remains in the interior of the fire perimeter. Infrared mapping will occur this evening. Crews will continue mop-up operations tomorrow and cooler temps expected will help their efforts. Firefighters will maintain a community presence and provide structure protection if needed.The south/southeast portion of the Cutca fire is an area of concern with several hotspots and potential for ignited fuel rolling across the fireline. Crews are working to suppress this high priority section of fire.

In the fire area there is no previously recorded fire history. Fuels remain critically dry due to drought conditions and can be difficult to suppress, so firefighters are being highly vigilant in mopping up and patrolling for hot spots.



Update July 25, 2015 8 a.m.:  The CutCa Fire on Palomar Mountain held steady at 200 acres overnight but is still only 2% contained.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Webcam at Palomar Observatory

July 24, 2015 (Palomar) – A fire that started near the Palomar Observatory at High Point Truck Trail is now 200 acres, Cleveland National Forest reports.  The blaze, dubbed CutCa, is not currently threatening structures but is burning in a remote area, making firefighters’ task challenging. The fire is zero percent contained.

Earlier, air tankers made drops on the moderate to rapidly spreading flames.  Golden Eagle, Palomar and Big Bear hot shot crews were been airlifted into the area.  Units from multiple fire agencies including Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service are also battling the CutCa fire. Reporting San Diego reports that a night crew is coming in from Los Angeles and a single night-flying helicopter is making drops on the fire.