Update May 21, 2017, 8 a.m. -- The Gate fire nearly doubled overnight to 1,500 acres, but firefighters made good progress overnight and the wildfire is now 30% contained. Road closures remain in effect.
Update 9 p.m. - An overnight shelter is opened at Otay Ranch High School, 250 Olympic Parkway in Chula Vista for those who have evacuated. Pet supplies and RV parking are available.
East County New Service
Photo by Cyndy Hoffman, taken from her home, looking toward Otay
May 20, 2017 (Dulzura) -- The fast-moving Gate Fire has charred 800 acres and is 10% contained.
Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the following emergency message was sent to 77 contacts by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department: “There is a fire in the area of Dulzura. The wind is blowing to the East and there is a concern that the fire may spread to your area. You are being advised to be ready to evacuate if notified to do so. You may evacuate now if you choose to do so. The evacuation route is Highway 94 East to Buckman Springs North to Interstate 8 West. Take interstate 8 West to East Willows Road. Exit East Willows Road and turn right(north). Continue West on East Willows Road to the Viejas Casino. The Red Cross will have a temporary evacuation center located in the casino parking lot. This a fire warning only, not an evacuation order"
If you have an emergency call 9-1-1. Monitor local television and radio stations, or call the San Diego County Information line by calling 2-1-1 for updated information. For animal emergencies related to this fire please contact Animal Services Dispatch (619) 767-2675.