TWO FIRES MERGE IN WARNER SPRINGS AREA, EVACUATION CENTER OPENED

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Update 9:05 p.m. - 6 airtankers and 6 helicopters have been ordered for first light in the morning.

Update 8:40 p.m. : The Chihuahua Fire is now 900 acres and 0% contained.  There are 31 engines, 12 fire crews, 4 water tenders, and 3 bulldozers and approximately 230 firefighters.  More resources have been ordered, says Cal Fire's Roxanne Provaznik.

 August 9, 2012 (Warner Springs) – The Chihuahua Fire near Warner Springs has swelled to 275 acres and may soon merge with another blaze, the West Branch Fire, near Santa Ysabel, ECM has learned. 

Reverse 911 calls have gone out and residents in Chihuahua Valley are advised to shelter in place but be prepared to evacuate.  An evacuation center has been set up at Warner Springs High School, 30951 Highway 79. 

There are no immediate structure threats, but residents should monitor this fire through the night.  Chihuahua Valley Road is impassable at the three-mile marker and the fire has jumped Chihuahua Valley Road in multiple places, Cal Fire reports.

Lightning is believed to be the cause of the blaze. 

This area has not had any significant fires, since the 2002 Coyote Fire several miles east of the area, according to a post at the Wildland Firefighters forum. The area has “very limited access, one way in & out, no good water supplies and 50+ homes scattered around with flashy fuels,” the post continues.

More info:

Maps: http://pro.scribblemaps.com/#lat=33....errain&y=0&p=0

Online Scanner: http://www.radioreference.com/apps/a...wp&feedId=9733

Cal Fire San Diego Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/CALFIRESANDIEGO
 

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