October 13 (Campo) 9:30 a.m. -- Three hundred homes have been ordered to evacuate due to a 100-acre wildfire that began at Highway 94 near Shockey Truck Trail. The blaze has burned 100 areas on both sides of 94 and is 50% contained. No structures have been lost. Evacuation centers have been established at at the Potrero Library and Mountain Empire High School.
"The road is closed at Buckman Springs and Hwy 94 to the west, and to the east it is closed at La Posta and Hwy 94," Captain Nick Shuler of CAL-Fire informed East County Magazine this morning. "Also I was just informed by CHP that Highway 8 is closed to high profile vehicles westbound from East Willows to Ocotillo." CHP will reevaluate the closure around noon, when wind speeds are expected to slow.
"We're cautiously optimistic," Shuler said when asked if structures are threatened. "We will still keep the evacuation in place, but right now no homes truly threatened. Firefighters are making great progress. A lot of this is because of resources that we prepositioned."
No night drops were made because the fire started at 2:46 a.m. Cal-Fire rules require that pilots fly the site during daylight hours for safety reasons. However aircraft, fire engines, bulldozers and hand crews are in place with federal, state and local resources including San Diego Sheriff, Border Patrol, Cal-Fire, U.S. Forest Service.
In North County, a fire that began at Camp Pendleton yesterday grew to 3,000 acres overnight and was 25% contained by 8:30 this morning; evacuation orders remain in effect for portions of the Fallbrook area.
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