Witch Wildland Fire
This fire has burned 197,990 acres and is 30 percent contained. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the community of Julian and there is still a threat to Pine Hills, Cuyamaca, Wynola, Santa Ysabel, Alpine, and Harbison Canyon. Fire progression has slowed to the west, southwest, and northwest. Residents are being allowed to return to portions of Poway, Escondido, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego and Rancho Bernardo. Wildcat Canyon is closed. Highway 67 is closed from Poway to Ramona.
1,061 homes, 30 commercial properties, and 175 outbuildings have been destroyed. 62 homes, 10 commercial properties and 50 outbuildings have been damaged. 1,000 residences, 100 commercial properties, and 300 outbuildings are still threatened.
2,883 firefighters are assigned to this incident under unified command. 22 firefighters have been injured on this fire. The estimated cost of this fire to date is $7 million. Witch Fire Information Line (619) 590-3160.
|Incident Type||Wildland Fire|
|Date of Origin||10/21/2007 at 1235 hrs.|
|Location||Witch Creek area, East of Ramona|
|Incident Commander||Pat Kerschen|
|Estimated Containment Date||10/31/2007 at hrs.|
|Fuels Involved|| |
Timber (grass and understory)
Fuel model 2, 4, & 5. Oak woodlands and brush are also involved.
|Fire Behavior|| |
Continuing to see perimeter growth on the northeastern and eastern side of the fire. Fire is burning in mature heavy brush and four year old brush from the 2003 fire siege.
|Significant Events|| |
Progress on containment has been favorable in Branch II, IV, V (west side). Conditions have improved in these areas to allow return of residents into Poway, Escondido, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego and Rancho Bernardo. SDG&E is beginning to re-establish utility service to some affected areas. President Bush, Governor Schwarzenegger and Senator Feinstein surveyed fire area and visited base camp this morning. Damage assessments report 239 destroyed vehicles.
|Planned Actions|| |
Continue to protect life, property, and the environment. Securing perimeter is a high priority.
|Projected Movement|| |
Fire will continue to move east threatening the communities of Julian and Pine Hills. Fire has potential to move north and join the Poomacha Fire. Fire spread to west and southwest is still a potential.
|Growth Potential|| |
|Terrain Difficulty|| |
|Containment Target|| |
Containment efforts are showing positive results. Requested resources have arrived and changes in weather pattern will both help achieve management strategy.
CAL FIRE Team #10 is in Unified Command of the incident. Base Camp is established at Kit Carson Park (Kit Carson & Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido). Changes in weather and on scene resources are making good progress with fire suppression efforts. ICT has reconciled outstanding orders killing most that were unfilled to assist the resource needs of the other major fires. Damage assessment is underway.
|Current Wind Conditions||5-9 mph W|
|Current Temperature||87 degrees|
|Current Humidity||12 %|