Man found dead in one of 11 homes destroyed in San Diego County fire

Map, Shockey Fire - September 25, 2012

Update at 9:30 p.m. PT, September 25, 2012:

CAL FIRE revised the number of structures that were affected by the fire. Destroyed were 11 residences, 14 outbuildings and 11 vehicles, while 2 residences were damaged. The fire has burned 2,851 acres and it is 90 percent contained. Resources on the fire include 1,402 personnel, 115 engines, and 47 hand crews.


Originally published at 9:10 a.m. PT. September 25, 2012

The body of a man was found in a home that was destroyed in the Shockey fire, a 2,851-acre wildfire in eastern San Diego County. After hearing from neighbors that the man may have been in the house when the fire burned through the area, investigators examined what was left of his house and discovered his remains.

Map, Shockey Fire - September 25, 2012
Map, Shockey Fire – September 25, 2012. The yellow squares represent heat detected by satellites. Google/MODIS/Wildfire Today (click to enlarge)

Firefighters are still tallying the damage but preliminary estimates are that 20 homes were destroyed along with 10 that were damaged. About 15 outbuildings also burned.

The fire started Sunday afternoon near the Shockey Truck Trail at California Highway 94 on the Campo Indian Reservation. It spread quickly forcing the evacuations of 600 people in the communities of Boulevard and Jacumba. Most of the evacuations have been lifted but some are still in effect.

Here is a link to a map provided by CAL FIRE that shows the fire perimeter.

Tuesday morning 855 personnel, 80 engines, and 40 hand crews were assigned to the fire which is still active on the east side and is 55 percent contained, according to CAL FIRE.

The video below is a summary of the wildfire activity in California for the last week. It includes some information about the Shockey fire.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.