May 17, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- The spread of a 600-acre fire that has burned over 15 acres on the U.S. side of the border in the Jewel Valley area has been stopped, CAL-FIRE reports.
“There is extensive mop up on this portion of the incident, and crews will be committed well into the night,” said Roxanne Provaznik with CAL-FIRE. “The fire is still spreading eastward in Mexico. We will continue to monitor the fire activity in Mexico to determine any threat.”
There is one minor heat-related injury to a firefighter.
Fire engines and bulldozers worked just south of the border, to eliminate the threat to the U.S. on that portion of the fire.
“Currently we have 21 Engines, 8 fire crews, 2 bulldozers, 5 water tenders, 3 helicopters, and 3 chief officers assigned (approximately 200 firefighters),” Provaznik says. “Cal-Fire is being assisted by U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Border Patrol, Heartland Fire Agencies, San Diego Sheriff's Department.”