By Nadin Abbott
July 11, 2013 (Mount Laguna) –Amid the devastation on Mount Laguna, one ironic symbol stands out: a flag flying at half-mast. Flown to honor the Prescott Arizona Hot Shot crew that perished at the Yarnell fire, the flag at the Al Bahr Shrine Camp survived the Chariot blaze, while much of the camp was reduced to ashes.
As of 6 p.m. last night, Sunrise Highway was reopened at both old Highway 80 and Highway 79, though it remained shut down from Los Huecos Road (milepost 24.5) in Mt Laguna, to Kwaaymii Point ( milepost 30). The fire has burned over 7,000 acres and is 70 percent contained.
First responders assess the damage
“It makes me very sad,” Lieutenant Rose Kurupas with the San Diego Sheriff’s office said of the devastation. But she resolved, “These are good people, they’ll rebuild. You’ll see, it will be better than ever.”