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5 homes lost

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Facebook post by Kerra Elizabeth McAhren

June 23, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – This morning, the Border Fire is now 20% contained and has scorched 6,8450 acres as over 1,900 firefighters battle the blaze.  Five homes (of which 3 were secondary homes on the same property) and eleven outbuildings were destroyed, while one other home was damaged, Cal Fire confirms. Residents on the Campo-Lake Morena Neighborhood Watch page on Facebook have been posting eyewitness accounts, photos and videos as well as thank you messages for firefighters at

There will be a community meeting at the Los Coches Creek Middle School located at 9669 Dunbar Ln., El Cajon, CA at 7:00 pm today hosted by the Cal Fire IncidentManagement Team with an update on the Border Fire.  Representatives from agencies managing and supporting the incident as well as local dignitaries will provide a briefing and answer questions.  Public inquiries regarding the Community Meeting or Fire Information, please call 2-1-1.

“The fire still remains a threat to the communities of Lake Morena Village, Campo as well as the outlying recreational assets as the fire continues to move north and northeast. This is still a dynamic and active fire, residents in the surrounding area of the fire should continue to be prepared to evacuate if need be,” Cal Fire’s latest update reads.

Fire resources continue to arrive to aid in firefighting efforts. San Diego County OES completed the damage assessment of the fire area. They identified a total of 5 destroyed homes of which 3 were secondary homes located on the same parcel as the primary homes.

At 4:00 pm yesterday most of the community of Potrero (the western side) was repopulated.


Mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect for the following communities: The San Diego Sheriff has issued evacuation orders for the following communities;   Forrest Gate, Star Ranch, Cowboy Ranch, Dog Patch, Canyon City and Lake Morena. An evacuation order was also issued for the following area. The area of the evacuation is within the following boundaries; Big Potrero Truck Trail / Hauser Creek Road to the south,  west of Buckman Springs Road from Lake Morena Dr to Morena Valley Road, Morena Stokes  Valley Road (Corral Canyon) at Sky Valley Ranch (Sky Valley Road) to the west and

Morena/Stokes Valley Road (Corral Canyon) at Buckman Springs Road to the east.

An evacuation warning is still in effect for Campo and the greater Potrero  community, west of Potrero Valley Road at Potrero Valley, west of the General Store at 25125 Highway 94, including both sides of the highway, and the Potrero County Park.

Road Closures : Located at Potrero Valley Road at Potrero Valley, Highway 94 just west of 25140 Highway 94, Highway 94 west of Buckman Springs Road and Buckman Springs Road at Old Buckman Springs.

Trail Closure: Pacific Crest Trail

Evacuation Center:

Los Coches Creek Middle School

9669 Dunbar Ln.

El Cajon, CA 92021