*Photos by Laura Pursglove
Update 11:20am 3-9-14: “Gun Fire” Update: 125 acres and 30% contained with 260 personnel on scene. Gusty winds in the area have grounded helicopters.
Update 3:41pm - Via Cal Trans – All lanes on I-8 have been reopened.
Update 3pm: This fire has now been named the “GUN FIRE”. This fire is now 100 acres and is only 5% contained. It appears to be burning SOUTH EAST (away from ALPINE) because they are evacuating the Cibbets Flat Campground and Kitchen Creek Area. See the map here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sunrise+Hwyfirstname.lastname@example.org,-116.4700126,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x80d97e5f87c7388f:0xcda682b5d7d92634
Fire officials are saying that this will be a multi-day operation as the winds are a huge challenge for them.
Update 2pm: Fire is now at 75 acres with rapid spread. I-8 at Sunrise Highway and Buckman Springs is closed at this time while crews are battling the fire. Reports from some residents that are in Pine Valley/on Sunrise Hwy and physically watching this fire – say that air strike is getting a handle on this fire. Only one spot is giving them trouble at this time. The fire appears to be North of the 8 near the border patrol check point and started near Green Head Gun club.
Per Cal Fire San Diego: “Cal Fire is assisting the Cleveland National Forest with a vegetation fire near Pine Valley. Currently the fire is 50 acres. The fire is at sunrise highway and old hwy 80. The fire has a very large plume that is visible for 30 miles. Cal Fire is unable to use air tanks due to turbulence from high winds.”
The Alpine Community Network will keep you updated with new information as it comes in!