Cal Fire Crews Tackle Ramona Fire
UPDATE: 5:16 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, 2019
Agency: CAL FIRE San Diego
Size: 97 acres
Evacuation Site: Ramona Rodeo Grounds
Cal Fire is working to extinguish a brush fire that broke out Friday morning in Ramona that was moving at a moderate-to-fast pace, according to officials.
During a press conference, Cal Fire officials said that they expect to have the fire under control shortly.
"We continue to make significant progress, our bulldozers are working feverishly to put a line around the fire. We're feeling cautiously optimistic that the fire will be stopped here shortly," said Cal Fire Deputy Chief Nick Schuler. "We were lucky today but part of that luck is because we were prepared."
In a tweet Friday afternoon, Cal Fire officials said 170 people had been evacuated. And, the forward rate of speed for the fire had ceased.
Schuler also said that the cause of the fire is unknown but that an investigation is ongoing.
Evacuations have been ordered for the following streets:
– Sawday Truck Trail
– Littlepage Rd
– Littlepage Ln
– Old Julian Hwy
–Creek Hollow Dr
–Creek Hollow Rd
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has set up a temporary evacuation site at the Ramona Rodeo Grounds at 421 Aqua Lane.
Authorities re-opened Highway 78 after a brief closure from Third Street in Ramona to Old Julian Highway.
For more information regarding evacuation orders, road closures and resource centers, visit the San Diego County Emergency Site.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.