Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Warmer temperatures and lower humidity challenged fire crews Wedensday as they worked for the sixth straight day to gain control of a brush fire that has scorched some 13,700 acres in the rugged, remote northeastern reaches of San Diego County.
The "Eagle Fire" was 45 percent contained as of Tuesday evening, according to Cal Fire, which said the fire continues to expand to the east and northwest, although its spread to the east has slowed considerably.
Twelve firefighters have been injured and one outbuilding has been destroyed since the fire broke out Thursday night near Warner Springs, officials said. The estimated cost of suppressing the blaze has risen to $6.5 million.
Officials are still investigating what sparked the flames, which originated near Eagles Nest Road and Camino San Ignacio
The blaze prompted the closure of Borrego Palm Canyon Campground and Trail, as well as Lost Valley Boy Scout Camp.
More than 2,100 local, state and federal personnel are working to subdue the stubborn fire as it continued pushing through rugged, mountainous terrain covered with grass, brush, and oak and pine trees.
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 Department of Parks and Recreation; Department of Corrections; and Conservation Corps.
The effort is also relying on seven air tankers, 20 helicopters, 76 fire engines, 30 water trucks and 18 bulldozers.