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Three firefights injured battling blaze

By Miriam Raftery,  photo by Jonathan Goetz

July 11, 2017 (Alpine/Lakeside./Flinn Springs) -- The #JenningsFire that began at 1:40 p.m. near Lake Jennings in Lakeside has swelled to 400 acres, Cal Fire reports.  Forward spread of the fire has been stopped.

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for 15000 Viewside Lane along the south side of I-8 in Alpine and is a structure threat to five homes. 

An evacuation center is open at Joan MacQueen Middle School located at 2001 Tavern Road in Alpine.

An earlier announced evacuation center at Granite Hills High has been closed.

Westbound I-8 has reopened but eastbound I-8 remains closed amid heavy traffic. CHP reopened the left lane of eastbound I-8 at Lake Jennings Parkway at 7 p.m.

The Sheriff’s department indicated late this afternoon that the fire is burning southeast toward Harbison Canyon and Crest.

Three firefighters have been injured, one minor and two with moderate injuries who have been taken to a local hospital,

A Cox Cable outage earlier this afternoon has been restored, Cox has informed ECM.

The National Forest Service is assisting Cal Fire and other agencies battling the blaze on the ground and with air tankers and helicopters, some from outside San Diego County.

Residents can call 2-1-1 for updated information on the fire.