*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+Hwyemail@example.com,-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!
February 25, 2014
If you see smoke in East County today, do not be alarmed, State Parks & Cal Fire are doing a controlled burn at Cuyamaca State Park.
The Controlled Burn will take place on February 24, 25 & 26. 8:30 A.M. to 6 P.M
UPDATE: 3pm February 25, 2014 : Battalion Chief says it is running a bit hotter than expected due to higher winds but is still within burn area.
UPDATE 6 pm Feb 25th (shared from Brushfire Partyline San Diego East County Facebook Page) on “controlled Burn” as per Wildlandfire.com– Cal Fire & State Park VMP burn inside Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. VMP has escaped and spotted outside lines, additional resources assigned including one copter. IC just asked for a second copter, most spots now holding. Wind a factor.
Mt. Laguna west cam http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/cameras/L/ml-w-mobo-c.jpg
La Cima cam: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/cameras/L/hpwren-iqeye8.jpg
Scanner feed: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/9733/web
USFS Wooded Hill burn also going on today.
Mt. Laguna south cam: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/cameras/L/ml-s-mobo-c.jpg…this must be what we are seeing further out Laguna-ish.
USFS will commence burning piles of brush along the perimeter of the Carveacre neighborhood tomorrow. (12-19-13) Smoke will be visible throughout the community.
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10-21-13 CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service and Dept of Fish and Wildlife will be conducting a controlled burn in Jamul area today, smoke will be visible.
7:19pm UPDATE: Cal Fire is reporting that the Lakeside fire is at 40 acres and spread has been slowed. Structure threat has been mitigated
6:24pm UPDATE: I just spoke to Chief Bill Paskle of Alpine Fire and he is at the scene of the fire at Dunbar Lane in Alpine. He stated that the fire looks to be 15 acres and poses NO STRUCTURE THREAT.
6:20pm UPDATE: (Via 10 News) CHP looking into possibility fires were started intentionally
6:09pm UPDATE: “Valley Fire” is at Los Coches & I-8. Last size up was 20 acres. Air resources and ground resources are on this fire. Air Attack is ordering 2 additional air tankers for a total of 6 with no divert. IC is requesting 3 Strike Teams, one for initial attack, 2 for structure protection. Additionally another report via CHP has another fire at I-8 and Dunbar, called the Dunbar Fire.
6:01 pm Update: i am waiting on a call back from the Alpine Fire Chief to get the details on the fire at Dunbar – They are on scene now and assessing if there is any danger to Alpine.
5:53 UPDATE: Authorities are closing Eastbound I-8 at Greenfield as they battle the fire
5:40pm: Brush fires on I-8 at Dunbar and Los Coches/Greenfield: Heartland Fire, Cal-Fire & USFS on scene, traffic backed up Brush Fire near EB I-8 & Los Coches Rd. in El Cajon is close to homes. Ground crews on scene; ASTREA copters en route for water drops.
*WATCH LIVE ON 10 News: Brush fire off I-8 near Greenfield Drive in El Cajon area http://bit.ly/16W1GN3