San Felipe Fire as seen from Mt. Laguna at 9:50 a.m. PT, May 5, 2013 (click to enlarge)
(UPDATE at 7:18 a.m. PT, May 26, 2013)
CAL FIRE is reporting the fire has burned 2,650 acres and is 90 percent contained. Resources assigned include 612 personnel, 50 engines, 23 hand crews, 6 dozers and 11 water tenders.
(UPDATE at 12:19 p.m. PT, May 25, 2012)
After overnight GPS mapping, the fire is now listed at 1,800 acres and 70 percent containment.
(UPDATE at 5:30 p.m. PT, May 24, 2013)
The incident commander of the San Felipe fire northeast of Julian, California is calling it 1,850 acres and 70 percent contained.
(UPDATE at 3:27 p.m. PT, May 24, 2013)
The images from the Mt. Laguna camera show that the San Felipe Fire is not putting up as much smoke as it was earlier today. CAL FIRE, in a 2:30 p.m. update, reports that it has grown to 1,800 acres and is still 60 percent contained.
(Originally published at 10:25 a.m. PT, May 24, 2013)
A prescribed fire in Anza Borrego Desert State Park 4 miles northeast of Julian, California got away from firefighters around noon on Thursday. A change in the wind direction is being blamed for the escape, now named the San Felipe Fire, that as of Thursday evening had burned 1,500 acres and was 60 percent contained.
The Ramona Sentinel reported that CAL FIRE conducted the prescribed fire.
Map showing the approximate location of San Felipe Fire, heat detected by a satellite at 10:35 p.m. PT, May 23, 2013 (click to enlarge)
As of 6:15 p.m. on Thursday the resources assigned to the San Felipe Fire included 644 personnel, 65 engines, 24 hand crews, 5 air tankers, 7 helicopters, 5 dozers, and 13 water tenders.
An animation of still photos taken from Mt. Laguna Thursday afternoon is available HERE. A window may pop up outside of your browser. It will take a while to load, and it may not work in the Chrome browser.
The latest still image is available HERE.
The fire is in the same general location as the Vallecito Lightning Complex of fires that burned more than 15,000 acres in August.