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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Inciweb: Harris Wildland Fire - 84,000 acres - 20 percent contained

Editor: I notice three things in this Incident Summary - This quote in regards to the containment target "Low confidence. Personnel are exhausted. Some additional resources are trickling in." and these Three facts (1) Growth Potential - High (2) Terrain Difficulty- High and this (3) Humidity -13 %...
Folks are getting really tired now... Hang In there - lots of fresh Nor Cal resources moving south last two days. You will get relief, Don't push it now - One foot in the black...Piss Clear... LCES... Stay Safe

Harris Wildland Fire

INCIDENT UPDATED 16 MIN. AGO

Summary

This fire has burned 84,000 acres and is 20 percent contained. The fire started October 21 and is burning at Harris Ranch Road and both sides of Highway 94 in Portrero in San Diego County. There have been 21 civilian and 12 firefighter injuries, as well as one death on this fire. 97 homes, 2 commercial properties and 17 outbuildings have been destroyed, and 250 additional structures are damaged. Damage assessments are still being conducted. 1,500 homes are still threatened.

Evacuation orders remain in effect. Re-entry for residents only was allowed in the Thousand Trails, Potrero and Tecate neighborhoods. The communities of San Miguel, Portrero, Barrett Junction, Barett Lake area, Engineer Springs, Dulzura, Deerhorn Valley, Lawson Valley, Jamul, Lyons Valley and homes along Millar Ranch Road are threatened. 1,341 firefighters are assigned under a unified command. The estimated cost of this fire to date is $5.4 million. Harris Fire Information Line (619) 590-3160.

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Basic Information

Incident Type Wildland Fire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin 10/21/2007 at 0930 hrs.
Location HARRIS RANCH RD & HWY 94, POTRERO
Incident Commander Howard Windsor

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,341
Size 84,000 acres
Percent Contained 20%
Estimated Containment Date 10/31/2007 at hrs.
Fuels Involved

BRUSH AND GRASS.

Fire Behavior

Active burning on the northern and eastern portions of the fire. Running fire through structures.

Significant Events

The fire spotted across the south-west arm of Barrett Lake. Approximately 500 more homes were ordered evacuated today. Re-entry for residents only was allowed today in the Thousand Trails, Potrero and Tecate neighborhoods.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue evacuation warnings of communities that may be impacted, continue search and rescue operations, protect structures and construct direct line where possible. Contingency planning for fire movement to the north and east. Continue damage inspection of burned structures and evaluation of re-entry of civilians to some evacuated areas.

Projected Movement

Fire will continue to move to the east/northeast.

Growth Potential

High

Terrain Difficulty

High

Containment Target

Low confidence. Personnel are exhausted. Some additional resources are trickling in.

Remarks

CDF Team 9 is in unified command with Forest Service, and San Miguel. 1 civilian has been killed and 21 injured by this fire. 4500 people are or have been threatened and evacuated. An estimated 200 homes have been destroyed or damaged. 1500 homes are or have been threatened. Detailed damage assessment is about 55% complete and those numbers are reported in section 24. Initial attack resources are being rested. Crew R&R stations have been established on the fire. Resource requests are critical. NORCAL Team 1, a Type 2 federal incident management team, integrated with CAL FIRE Team 9 today at 1000 hrs.

Weather

Current Wind Conditions 3 mph W
Current Temperature 79 degrees
Current Humidity 13 %

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