Cal Fire battles two brush fires

Update: San Diego Gas & Electric reports that about 396 customers are without power in the Live Oak Springs/ Boulevard/ Jacumba area. The utility expects to have power restored by about 11 p.m.
Update: The Old Fire has spread to 300 acres, with various road closures in the fire area of Old Highway 80 and Crestwood, and Highway 94 at Church Road, reports Cal Fire.   For precautionary reasons, the Golden Acorn Casino was evacuated.
Firefighters have stopped the spread of the Woods Fire in Valley Center and are mopping up hot spots.

Officials order evacuations in Old Fire

Cal Fire and the county fire authority are working two brush fires in San Diego County, one near Boulevard and one near Valley Center.

The largest of the two fires is the Old Fire near Boulevard south of Old Highway 80 and east of Miller Valley Road. The fire is 200 acres, one structure has been destroyed, and sheriff’s deputies are evacuating the area. The type of structure destroyed is unknown, reports Roxanne Provaznik.

Residents in the 37000 block of Old Highway 80 and those on Church and
Crestwood roads near the fire were asked to head east from the area, according
to a sheriff’s department dispatcher. Sheriff’s officials worked to initiate a
reverse 911 system to notify those in the affected area, she said.

High temperatures and erratic winds are hampering firefighting efforts.

Approximate number of resources: 30 engines, 8 fire crews, 4 airtankers, 4 helicopters, 5 water tenders, 3 chief officers — for a total of 200-plus firefighters.

The fire started around 3 p.m. and the cause is under investigation.

The second fire is near North Lake Wohlford Road and Woods Valley Road near Valley Center. This fire is approximately 25 acres. This fire started around 4 pm.

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Jun 17 2012. Filed under Backcountry, News, Sheriff/Fire. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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