Update 3:50 pm. The highway is expected to reopen by 6 p.m., starting with one-way traffic. Traffic is being diverted up Old Highway 80 over the Sunrise Highway currently.
Update: 2:25 p.m. These fires have been held to a total of 12 acres; air tankers are being dismissed. Fire is contained but not yet out; no structures were lost.
June 10, 2012 (Cuyamaca) – Highway 79 is closed in the Green Valley Falls area near Cuyamaca due to brush fires on both sides of the freeway, Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler has informed ECM.
Five small fires, ranging from one to five acres, are currently burned on both sides of the freeway, extending south to the entrance of Rancho Cuyamaca State Park, where 99% of the pine forest burned in the 2003 Cedar Fire.
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