Brush Fire Near Campo Burns 1,000 Acres, Destroys Structures
Sunday, September 23, 2012
A brush fire in the Campo area on Sunday has burned about 1,000 acres, prompted evacuations and destroyed four residences along Tierra del Sol Road, according to Cal Fire.
The fire was reported at about 12:16 p.m. off Shockey Truck Trail near the Campo Indian Reservation, according to Cal Fire. Just after 5 p.m., the fire had grown to about 1,000 acres and remained 0 percent contained.
"Hundreds of firefighters are out there right now," said Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler. "A few outbuildings and sheds have been destroyed."
Mohler also said four homes have been burned. The homes were located on Tierra Del Sol Road.
As a precaution, authorities began issuing evacuations at 2:30 p.m. for residents located west of the fire line.
A reverse 911 call went out to evacuate 77 homes in the 500 block to the 2100 block of Tierra Del Sol Road in Boulevard, fire officials said. That location is just north of the Mexican border and east of Campo and Tecate.
About 50 to 60 homes in the area of Jewel Valley and Jewel Valley Road are also being evacuated.
The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at Mountain Empire High School, which is located at 3305 Buckman Springs Rd. in Pine Valley. Small animals should go with their owners to the shelter. Anyone with livestock can call (61) 236-2341.
Authorities have also closed Old Highway 80 at Jewel Valley Road.
According to fire officials, 15 engines, four crews, four air tankers and two helicopters battling the fire. At 3:30 p.m., the fire front was burning rapidly to the southeast near Campo Road and Church Road.
At about 5 p.m., Cal Fire spokeswoman Roxanne Provaznik said the fire is still spreading rapidly but heading into open country.
No injuries were immediately reported. The cause of the blaze was unknown and under investigation.