NIGHT CREWS BATTLE FIRE ON PALOMAR MOUNTAIN

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Update July 25, 2015 8 a.m.:  The CutCa Fire on Palomar Mountain held steady at 200 acres overnight but is still only 2% contained.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Webcam at Palomar Observatory

July 24, 2015 (Palomar) – A fire that started near the Palomar Observatory at High Point Truck Trail is now 200 acres, Cleveland National Forest reports.  The blaze, dubbed CutCa, is not currently threatening structures but is burning in a remote area, making firefighters’ task challenging. The fire is zero percent contained.

Earlier, air tankers made drops on the moderate to rapidly spreading flames.  Golden Eagle, Palomar and Big Bear hot shot crews were been airlifted into the area.  Units from multiple fire agencies including Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service are also battling the CutCa fire. Reporting San Diego reports that a night crew is coming in from Los Angeles and a single night-flying helicopter is making drops on the fire.

Weather at the site is expected to stay warm and dry for the next several days. View spot forecast here: http://spot.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/spot/spotfcst?site=sgx&file=20150724.CUTCA.01

Photo, right, by Patty Langston; Photo, left, by Brady Carlos, Cal Fire Riverside