Eagle Fire Burning Out; Areas Begin To Reopen
Friday, July 29, 2011
California firefighters are making progress surrounding a 22-square-mile wildfire in remote northeastern San Diego County. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's (CAL FIRE) Mike Smith said firefighters have contained 75 percent of the 14,100-acre Eagle Fire.
That fire was started by an arsonist near Warner Springs a week ago. Fire crews are already starting to send home some of the 2,000 firefighters battling the blaze.
"We have released a few of the overhead staff and a few of the fire engines have left," said Smith. "We expect larger demobilizations of equipment tomorrow and the next day. We expect full containment by the 30th."
Cal Fire has spent nearly $13,000,000 battling the fire.
The Los Valley Boy Scout Camp in Warner Springs was expected to reopen to the public Friday following a weeklong closure prompted by the blaze, which has scorched 14,100 acres of brush and is now 80 percent contained.
Seventeen firefighters have been injured in the blaze and one outbuilding has been destroyed, Cal Fire reported.
City News Service contributed to this report.