Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Firefighters worked for a fifth straight day today to gain control over a brush fire that has scorched some 12,800 acres in North San Diego County.
The Eagle Fire was holding at 45 percent containment as of this morning, according to Cal Fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Six firefighters have suffered minor injuries and one outbuilding has been destroyed since the fire broke out late Thursday roughly five miles east of Warner Springs, the state agency reported. The estimated cost of fighting the blaze has risen to $6.2 million.
California National Guard helicopters joined the effort Sunday, helping to shuttle firefighters to remote areas as flames moved northeast through Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, toward Borrego Springs.
The blaze prompted the closure of Borrego Palm Canyon Campground and Trail, as well as the Lost Valley Boy Scout Camp.
As of this morning, about 2,100 personnel were working on the fire, according to Cal Fire.
Agencies assisting Cal Fire with staff, equipment and other resources included: The San Diego County Fire Authority; U.S. Forest Service; Bureau of Indian Affairs; The San Diego County Sheriff's Department; and the state's Department of Parks and Recreation; Department of Corrections; and Conservation Corps.
Firefighters have been carrying out air and ground attacks against the fire. Six air tankers, 17 helicopters, 71 fire engines, 30 water trucks and 17 bulldozers have been deployed.