UPDATED at 2:27 p.m. PDT August 23, 2022
Firefighters have stopped the spread of the Valley Fire north of Pine Valley, California. It was not active overnight and is being held at 188 acres. Pine Creek Road is still closed and there never were any evacuations.
On Tuesday crews are working on constructing fire line along the perimeter.
The cause is under investigation.
Updated at 5:45 p.m. PDT August 22 2022
The cameras are showing very little smoke at the Valley Fire north of Pine Valley, CA. The latest size estimate is 127 acres. All air tankers have returned to their bases but a couple of helicopters and Air Attack are still on scene.
There is very little radio traffic, which reminds me of the old saying, “When the radio traffic stops, the fire goes out.”
UPDATED at 3:21 p.m. PDT August 22, 2022
The Valley Fire north of Pine Valley, California was mapped by an aircraft at 1:33 p.m. August 22 at 120 acres. About an hour later the size was estimated at 175 to 200 acres.
It is burning on both sides of Pine Creek Road at the intersection of Deer Park Road near Noble Canyon two air miles north of Old Highway 80.
UPDATE at 2:53 p.m. PDT August 22, 2022
At 2:29 p.m. the Incident Commander on the Valley Fire reported that it had grown to 175 to 200 acres, with a moderate to rapid rate of spread.
No evacuations are in effect and it is spreading away from structures in the Pine Valley area.
UPDATE at 1:10 p.m. PDT August 22, 2022
Firefighters from the Cleveland National Forest and CAL FIRE are attacking the Valley Fire which was reported Monday at about 11:37 a.m. a few miles north of Pine Valley, California near Pine Creek Road and Noble Canyon.
At 1:36 p.m. the size was estimated at 120 acres with a moderate rate of spread.
In addition to numerous engines, aircraft dispatched include several helicopters plus approximately nine air tankers, one of which is a DC-10.
At 2:02 p.m. the weather at Cuyamaca Peak northwest of the fire was wind out of the west at 12 mph, 70 degrees, with 44 percent relative humidity. The fire is in the large valley that runs north from the community of Pine Valley, so until the fire spreads up onto higher slopes it may be partially sheltered from the 12 mph wind measured at the top of Cuyamaca Peak. Brush fires rarely spread rapidly when the humidity is above 40 percent, but the fuel moisture, depending on what it is during this drought, may also be a major factor.
The Valley Fire is about 36 air miles east of San Diego, north of Interstate 8.