Eagle fire spreads to 2,500 acres, burning away from populated areas

CalFire tankers at Ramona Airport are among those fighting the Eagle fire near Warner Springs.
CalFire tankers at Ramona Airport are among those fighting the Eagle fire near Warner Springs.

The Eagle fire near Warner Springs has grown to 2,500 acres and is 5 percent contained, CalFire reported about 4:40 p.m. Friday. The fire is expected to continue in a easterly direction away from populated areas, CalFire Capt. Mike Mohler said, adding that the temperature is 83 degrees, with 27 percent humidity and the winds are 13 mph from the west.

The fire is burning on Bureau of Indian Affairs and state park lands.  Estimated cost to suppress the fire is $250,000 to date.

The brush fire is off Highway 79 and Camino San Ignacio. It was reported at 10:40 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, and was initially reported at 400 acres. By Friday morning, it had spread to 1,000 acres.

According to CalFire’s last report, 567 firefighters are battling the blaze: 15 engines, 25 fire crews, nine water tenders, seven airtankers and nine helicopters.

CalFire investigators are attempting to determine the cause of the fire, said Mohler.

   
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