Update October 2, 2011 6:45 p.m. --The Great Fire is 20 percent contained and holding at 2,000 acres. Currently there are 119 engines, 52 fire crews, eight bulldozers, and 21 water tenders at the scene, a total of 1,486 firefighters. Fire crews have four miles of containment line to construct; cost to fight the fire is estimated at $650,000, said Roxanne Provaznik at Cal-Fire.
Kim Hamilton, Deerhorn Valley Antler editor, forwarded links to maps of the fire:
Google Map (paste into browser and zoom out to orient) : http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=200001051734956051490.0004ae565519c3...
October 2, 2011 (Julian) 12:30 p.m. -- The Incident Commander in the Great Fire has ordered an evacuation advisory for about 1,100 homes via reverse 911 in the following locations in the Julian area: Shelter Valley, Kentwood #1 and #2, Whispering Pines, Pine Crest Campground, Banner, KQ Ranch, and Harrision Park.
"This is only an advisory and the public should not panic," Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohler advised moments ago. He advised people to "Please be prepared if asked to leave" and to not wait until the last minute to make preparations. Wynola Rd is closed from east of the Banner side to west of S-2 at Scissors Crossing, Mohler added.
The Great Fire is now 2,000 acre and 5% contained, moving in a southeast direction. Currently there are 1,019 firefighters assigned to the fire. Cause remains under investigation.
View a video of a Cal-Fire aerial drop on the fire, taken by ECM reader Brett Stalbaum: