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Sunday, July 24, 2011

CA-MVU-EAGLE - Wildfire - Update 11000 acres 40% contained , 2 injuries

The Eagle Fire, which began Thursday night on the Los Coyote Indian Reservation in northeastern San Diego County, has now grown to 11,000 acres and two injuries have been reported.

Closures: The Borrego Palm Canyon Trail and Campground in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park are closed. The Boy Scout Camp has also been closed.
Date/Time Started: July 21, 2011 10:40 pm  
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Diego Unit 
County: San Diego County  
Location: Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, Warner Springs  
Acres Burned: 11,000 acres  
Containment 11,000 acres - 40% contained  
Structures Destroyed:1 outbuilding  
Evacuations: Two cabins near the fire area were evacuated.  
Injuries: 2  
Cause: Under Investigation 
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, San Diego County Fire Authority, US Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Parks & Recreation, Cal EMA, San Diego Gas & Electric, California Conservation Corps, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the California Air National Guard.  
Total Fire Personnel: 1,120 (CAL FIRE 902)  
Engines: 63 (CAL FIRE 35)  
Fire crews: 74 (CAL FIRE 52)  
Airtankers: 6 (CAL FIRE)  
Helicopters: 19  
Dozers: 8 (CAL FIRE 4)  
Water tenders: 25 (CAL FIRE 14)  
Costs to date: $ 4.5 million  
Major Incident Command Team: Incident Command Team (ICT) 10 has been activated.  
Conditions: The fire is burning in a mix of grass, brush, oak and pine trees in steep, rugged terrain on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation and the Anza Borrego Desert State Park. The fire is moving toward the northwest and is visible from the desert community of Borrego Springs.
Phone Numbers  (619) 590-3160 (Eagle Fire Information) 

Eagle Fire Perimeter Map
Credit: California Fire News

The fire is considered 40% contained and no structures have been damaged, although two cabins were evacuated and Native American archaeological sites are considered imperiled.

The fire has moved through rugged terrain thick with tall brush and is now visible from Borrego Springs. Its cause is not known.

More than 1,100 firefighters are battling the blaze. The cost of fighting the fire is estimated at more than $2.5 million.

Notes: Major Incident Command Team: Incident Command Team (ICT) 10 has been activated. Activating California National Guard Helicopters for crew shuttles due to remote access, Air National Guard aircraft will assist with fire suppression and transportation of hand crews.

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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