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.

Author: Jason Pohl

In addition to writing for Wildfire Today, Jason Pohl reports on public safety-related issues for The Arizona Republic and USA TODAY.

5 thoughts on “Fire spreading at ‘dangerous rate’ near San Diego Saturday”

    1. Yep, that would be a fair equivalent. The phrasing came from CalFire during the initial hours. The fire is currently 2056 acres and 75 percent contained.

      1. Ok, don’t agree with Calfires terminology as an accurate description of ROS. Smoldering, creeping, slow, moderate, rapid are the correct terms to describe ROS.

  1. I have booked a flight from Columbia,S.C. to San Diego, Ca. from 12/10/17 -12/18/17 to visit my grandson. Will it be safe/advisable to still go because of all the raging wildfires?

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