(UPDATED at 8:15 a.m. PDT June 24, 2016)
The growth of the Border Fire east of Potrero, California has slowed in recent days. CAL FIRE reports that it has burned 7,483 acres.
(UPDATED at 7:20 a.m. PDT June 22, 2016)
The Border Fire at Potrero, California, 18 miles east of the greater San Diego area, continued to spread to the east on Tuesday, adding another 480 acres. CAL FIRE is reporting that it has burned a total of 6,500 acres, two residences, and 11 outbuildings.
A spot fire 1.2 miles northeast of the main fire had burned 40 acres as of early Wednesday morning.
— CAL FIRE SAN DIEGO (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) June 22, 2016
Resources assigned to the fire include 1,604 personnel, 200 engines, 40 hand crews, 6 helicopters, 12 water tenders, and 7 dozers.
Highway 94 and the Pacific Crest Trail are closed.
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) June 22, 2016
— FOX 5 San Diego (@fox5sandiego) June 22, 2016
CAL FIRE reported at 7 p.m. on June 21 the revised size of the Border Fire was 6,020 acres.
— justin-time (@justinmccauley5) June 22, 2016
(UPDATED at 5:25 p.m. PDT June 21, 2016)
New evacuations were ordered for the Border Fire in San Diego County at 2 p.m on Tuesday June 21. It includes Lake Morena Village northwest of Campo, California.
CAL FIRE reported that there are 1,484 personnel assigned, plus 158 engines, 32 hand crews, 6 helicopters, 12 water tenders, and 3 dozers.
The mandatory evacuations have been placed in parts of the city of Duarte and in the national monument still remain in effect.
(UPDATED at 6:10 a.m. PDT June 21, 2016)
CAL FIRE’s latest estimate on the size of the Border Fire at Potrero, California was 7,500 acres late Monday afternoon. Our very rough analysis of Monday night’s mapping data puts it much closer to 6,000 acres … but it may eventually grow into the larger figure.
The fire has gone through or past several small communities with names like Dog Patch, and has come within two miles of Campo, which was the first evacuation shelter. When the fire grew closer to Campo, the shelter was moved to the rest area on Buckman Springs Road at Interstate 8, and was later relocated to El Cajon at the Los Coches Creek Middle School, 9669 Dunbar Lane.
According to CAL FIRE mandatory evacuations are still in effect for the communities of Potrero, Forest Gate, Star Ranch, Cowboy Ranch, Dog Patch, & Canyon City. Highway 94 remains closed.
The number of structures destroyed remains at four outbuildings. There have been three minor injuries to firefighters.