Crews make progress on San Diego-area Gate Fire

The Gate Fire, burning in San Diego County since Saturday morning, grew to 1,500 acres by Sunday morning, though crews made progress overnight.

No structures have been damaged, and no injuries were reported.

Rising overnight humidity levels allowed firefighters to make meaningful progress toward complete containment, Cal Fire reported. The fire was primarily burning in grass with some sparse brush and was 30 percent contained by Sunday morning.

Evacuation orders lasted into Sunday.

Fire spreading at ‘dangerous rate’ near San Diego Saturday

A wildfire east of San Diego quickly charred 500 acres and forced evacuations Saturday as hot temperatures and low humidity settled into the region, ending a string of cool and soggy weather.

First reported shortly before noon, the Gate Fire had a “dangerous rate of spread” in a remote area near the community of Jamul, Cal Fire reported via Twitter.

It was 5 percent contained by mid-afternoon.

Five airtankers and three helicopters were making drops on fire at one point, said Cal Fire Capt. Isaac Sanchez, according to the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper. Fire crews from several agencies were helping on the ground.