Firefighters battle back country wildfire
Monday, July 24, 2006
The wildfire burning in San Diego's back country has scorched more than 7,000 acres, and is only about five percent contained. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.
The fire began early Sunday morning. Firefighters say they suspect the blaze was started by undocumented immigrants in a remote canyon. California Department of Forestry spokesman Marty O'Toole says rugged terrain and hot conditions are making it a difficult blaze to surround. He says there's also a threat of thunderstorms.
O'Toole: "While it might seem that we would be happy for the rain and we would be, generally speaking the bring erratic winds which pushes the fire in all different directions. Makes it very unpredictable."
Hundreds of firefighters are working to contain the wildfire. They are attacking the flames from both the ground and the air. Public Safety officials say no homes are in immediate danger, but officials are ready to evacuate residents if the need arises. Erik Anderson KPBS News.
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