Some Evacuations Lifted In Potrero


Border Fire Updates

Last updated: 6/22/16 @ 6:45 PM

San Diego Residents call 2-1-1 for questions about the Border Fire.

Acreage/Containment: 6,723 acres – 20% contained
County: San Diego County
Location: Potrero
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Diego Unit
Date Started: June 19, 2016 – 11:03 AM


Orders: The San Diego Sheriff has issued evacuation orders for the following communities; Forrest Gate, Star Ranch, Cowboy Ranch, Dog Patch, Canyon City and Lake Morena.  An evacuation order was also issued for the following area. The area of the evacuation is within the following boundaries; Big Potrero Truck Trail / Hauser Creek Road to the south, west of Buckman Springs Road from Lake Morena Dr to Morena Valley Road, Morena Stokes Valley Road (Corral Canyon) at Sky Valley Ranch (Sky Valley Road) to the west and Morena/Stokes Valley Road (Corral Canyon) at Buckman Springs Road to the east.
Warning: Campo

Evacuations for the Greater Potrero Community will be lifted at 4:00 PM with access for residents only. At 6:00 PM, access will be open to the general public. The following is the affected area where evacuations will be lifted: west of Potrero Valley Rd at Potrero Valley, west of the General Store located at 25125 Highway 94, including both north and south sides of Highway 94. Also included is the Potrero County Park. Only residents affected within this area, with proper identification, will be allowed back in. All other Evacuation Orders and Warnings will remain in effect.

Evacuation Shelter: Los Coches Creek Middle School, 9669 Dunbar Ln., El Cajon, CA 90201

Road Closures: 
Located at Highway 94 west of Buckman Springs, eastbound 94 at the 188 and Buckman Springs Road at Old Buckman Springs.
Structures Destroyed: 5 residences, 12 outbuildings
Structures Damaged: 1
Structures Threatened: 1,000
Cause: Under Investigation
Total Personnel: 1,907
Engines: 184
Handcrews: 50
Helicopters: 20
Water Tenders: 24
Dozers: 11

Conditions: Acreage increase was held at a minimum last night due to the hard work of the firefighters on the line and favorable weather conditions. Temperatures will remain hot again today however the steep terrain, extremely dry vegetation due to many years of drought, difficult access and low humidity’s continue to produce erratic fire behavior thus challenging control efforts. The fire continues to move to the north and northeast threatening surrounding communities. Firefighters were successful in constructing additional containment lines last night as well as strengthening the containment lines that were built earlier.

Trail Closures: Parts of the Pacific Coast Trail

Cooperating Agencies: SDG&E, San Diego County Fire, Border Patrol, Cal Trans, CHP, San Diego Sheriff, BLM, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Red Cross, San Diego 2-1-1, San Diego County OES

Update on acreage:

8m8 minutes ago  [update] Potrero is 6,723 acres & 20% contained; 5 homes have been destroyed;1907 firefighters assigned

June 22, 2016 (POTRERO) According to CAL FIRE the following mandatory evacuations have been lifted, meaning residents with identification, will be allowed in as of 4 PM, and the general public by 6 PM.


  • West of Potrero Valley Road at Potrero Valley
  • West of Potrero General Store at 25125 State Route 94, including the north and south sides of State Route 94
  • Potrero County Park

All other evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.

CAL FIRE also reported the following road closures:

  • State Route 94 at State Route 188 closed until 6 p.m. except for residents.
  • Potrero Valley Road at Potrero Valley
  • State Route 94 west of 25140 State Route 94
  • State Route 94 west of Buckman Springs Road
  • Buckman Springs Road at Old Buckman Springs Road

Stay clear of any fallen wires and contact San Diego Gas and Electric immediately. Also if you see any utility poles or trees, that are still smoking, should be left alone. They are considered dangerous.

Do be careful, there is still extensive emergency services presence, with vehicles driving back and forth.

If you need additional information, visit or call 2-1-1.

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