Border Fire: Evacuation Orders Lifted

June 24 afternoon update 
Border Fire Updates
Last updated: 6/24/16 @ 5:50 PM
San Diego Residents call 2-1-1 for questions about the Border Fire.
​Acreage/Containment: 7,609 acres – 60% contained

County: San Diego County

Location: Potrero

Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Diego Unit

Date Started: June 19, 2016 – 11:00 AM
Evacuations:

At 1800 hours on 6/23, all areas that were under an Evacuation Order or Warning were lifted.
Evacuation Center: Los Coches Creek Middle School 9669 Dunbar Ln. El Cajon, CA 92021 
Road Closures: There will be three traffic control points restricting access to the fire burn area.
Closure: Located approximately 1 ½ miles north of Highway 94 on Harris Ranch Road – allowing access to all residential locations on Harris Ranch Road.
Closure: Vollmer Road approximately ¼ mile north of Highway 94 at the Y intersection.
Closure: Martin Road approximately ¼ mile west of Highway 94 at the Y intersection. This closure will allow access to residents located on Martin Road. 
Structures Destroyed: 5 homes, 11 outbuildings

Structures Damaged: 1 home

Cause: Under Investigation

Total Personnel: 1,777

Engines: 130

Hand Crews: 57

Helicopters: 12

Water Tenders: 24

Dozers: 4
Conditions: Firefighters were able to construct additional control lines along the fires perimeter today. If the control lines are compromised the fire could potentially threaten the communities of Lake Morena, Campo as well as the outlying recreational assets as the fire continues to move north and northeast. Firefighters continue strengthening and securing containment lines. Portions of Portrero were repopulated yesterday and SDG&E continue to make repairs on many of the downed power lines and the replacement of poles. Residents are asked to listen and follow the direction of the all emergency personnel.
There will be a community meeting tonight (6/23) at the Los Coches Creek Middle School located at 9669 Dunbar Ln., El Cajon, Ca at 7:00 pm 
Trail Closures: Pacific Crest 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, 2-1-1, San Diego County OES

 Morning update:

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#BorderFire [update] Potrero is now 7,483 acres & 45% contained;5 homes and 11 outbuildings have been destroyed. 

Editor note: This story was modified to reflect the newest information.
All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted.
27m27 minutes ago Good news on the in San Diego County – evacuation orders likely to be lifted for the community of Lake Morena at 6pm tonight.

June 23, 2016 (POTRERO) Reporting San Diego went to Morena Village and then to Potrero to speak with those who chose to stay behind. As we reached Morena Village around 9 in the morning a tall plume of smoke was rising in the sky. We have been hearing over the course of the day that this was the back fire operation that CAL FIRE was starting. This was later confirmed by Public Information Officer Richard Cordova.

Cordova told reporting San Diego that this was an effort to make the fire burn back onto itself, and in that sense end with no fuel. Over the course of the day, we saw plumes of smoke that got increasingly intense. He also said that some of the black smoke was due to the intense fire and the vegetation that tends to burn very hot. As Cordova put it, “black smoke means the fire is pretty intense. There is a lot of oils and stuff in the vegetation so there is very intense heat in it.”

Some of the vegetation that can burn that hot in the back country and has a lot of oils are mature manzanita plants. They do that, as part of their life cycle. They need a hot fire for their seeds to sprout.

He said “We are trying to take  the fuel from the main fire to the roads we have made access to, to take that fuel away from that main fire, so that fire will go out.”

We also talked a about the weather. Their objective is to get as much containment around this fire before the temperatures rise again. In general we asked about fire conditions, and he remarked that last year it started early in San Diego , but then it petered out. Not that anybody can predict what this year’s fire season will look like.

He recommended that people do keep their defensible space up, of 100 feet. But also that people do that necessary work before 10 in the morning. With higher temperatures there is a higher risk of a spark, and a spark can start a wild fire.

This is the latest information since we talked with the PIO at 12:3

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Border Fire Updates


Last updated: 6/23/16 @ 3:30 PM


San Diego Residents call 2-1-1 for questions about the Border Fire.
Acreage/Containment: 6,840 acres – 20% contained
County: San Diego County
Location: Potrero
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Diego Unit
Date Started: June 19, 2016 – 11:00 AM

Evacuations
:

Evacuation orders to be lifted in the community of Lake Morena at 6:00PM on June 23.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 and the greater Potrero community; west of Potrero Valley Road at Potrero Valley, west of the General Store located at 25125 Highway 94, including both sides of Highway 94. Also included is the Potrero County Park.

Evacuation Shelter: Los Coches Creek Middle School, 9669 Dunbar Ln., El Cajon, CA 92021

Road Closures: 
Buckman Springs Road is now open, however, an evacuation order is still in effect for the community of Lake Morena.

Continued Road Closures:

  • Portrero Valley Rd at Portrero Valley
  • Highway 94 just west of 25125 Highway 94
  • Highway 94 west of Buckman Springs Rd
  • Buckman Springs Rd at Lake Morena Dr
  • Buckman Springs Rd at Cameron Extension
  • Buckman Springs Rd at Oak Dr


New Road Closures:

  • Buckman Springs Rd at Corral Rd
  • Buckman Springs Rd at Martin Rd

Release of Road Closures:

  • Buckman Springs Rd at Old Buckman Springs Rd
  • Highway 94 at Forest Gate

Additional public information regarding the Border Fire can be obtained by calling 2-1-1. Can also follow the twitter account @calfiresandiego for continuous updates.

Structures Destroyed: 5 residences, 11 outbuildings
Structures Damaged: 1 home
Structures Threatened: 200
Cause: Under Investigation
Total Personnel: 1,901
Engines: 184
Hand Crews: 50
Helicopters: 18
Air Tankers: 4
Water Tenders: 24
Dozers: 11

Conditions: An increase in smoke may be visible as a result of a control burn that firefighters are conducting.

The fire still remains a threat to the communities of Lake Morena Village, Campo as well as the outlying recreational assets as the fire continues to move north and northeast. This is still a dynamic and active fire, residents in the surrounding area of the fire should continue to be prepared to evacuate if need be. Fire resources continue to arrive to aid in firefighting efforts. San Diego County OES completed the damage assessment of the fire area. They identified a total of 5 destroyed homes of which 3 were secondary homes located on the same parcel as the primary homes. At 4:00 pm yesterday most of the community of Potrero was repopulated.

**Community Meeting Notice: CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 will be hosting a community meeting in El Cajon, CA to give an update on the Border Fire. Representatives from the agencies managing and supporting the incident as well as local dignitaries will provide an operational briefing and be available for questions. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm at: Los Coches Creek Middle School 9669 Dunbar Lane, El Cajon, CA  92021

Trail Closures: Pacific Crest 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, 2-1-1, San Diego County OES

 

 



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