California: Banner Fire east of Julian

Banner Fire
Banner Fire as seen from an SDG&E camera.

(UPDATED at 7:12 a.m. PDT, July 4, 2014)

The Banner Fire has been mapped at 217 acres and the firefighters are calling it 40 percent contained. At CAL FIRE’s 7 a.m. update there were 331 personnel assigned, along with 28 engines, 10 hand crews, and 4 helicopters.

This will be our last report on the Banner Fire.


(UPDATED at 8:35 p.m. PDT, July 3, 2014)

CAL FIRE reports that the Banner Fire just east of Julian, California is holding at 150 acres and they are calling it 15 percent contained. All evacuation orders have been lifted.


(Originally published at 5:27 PDT, July 3, 2014)

The Banner fire started near Banner Grade about a mile east of Julian, California at about 10:43 a.m. PDT, July 3, 2014. After a heavy attack by ground and air firefighters it burned 150 acres by 4:30 p.m.

Local media reported that two homes and an outbuilding burned.

By 5:20 p.m. local time a few units were being released and the radio traffic had subsided, which usually means they are beginning to obtain containment.

Map of Banner Fire, July 3, 2014
Map of Banner Fire, July 3, 2014. Map by San Diego County.

NBC in San Diego recorded some excellent video (below) showing drops by S-2T air tankers. It appeared that the camera operator and at least one resident got cooled off by the retardant, who was very pleased that she protected her camera.

The video below is a time lapse showing the smoke from the fire.