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Sunday, March 9, 2014

CA-CFN Gunfire 270 acres 100% Near Pine Valley / Cleveland National Forest (San Diego County)

Gun Fire CA-CNF-599 Pine Valley, San Diego Co.

The Gun Fire started March 8 2014 off Interstate 8 & Sunrise Hwy near Pine Valley (San Diego County).

Update 3-11-14 1300:  270 acres 100%
Update 3-10-14 0800: 125 acres, 60% contained.
Update 3-9-14 0800: 120 acres, 30% contained.

No structures were threatened, and 200 fire personnel stayed on scene overnight, building fire lines to contain the flames. 
“The access to the area where the fire is burning is really challenging, and some strong gusty winds earlier made it difficult for the fixed-wing aircraft to drop retardant on the fire, so for a while, the retardant drops were shut down,” said Wende Cornelius, the fire information officer for Cleveland National Forest.
Cornelius said the fire was spreading on brush that hasn't been burned for roughly 40 years, and the winds were helping it move faster.
 Three helicopters were ordered to help extinguish the fire, but high winds prevented them from taking off Sunday.
 Officals hope to have it contained by 8 p.m.

Road Closures: According to the California Highway Patrol, officers closed down the interstate I-8 1:40 p.m. Saturday in both directions in the area of Buckman Springs Road and Highway 80. The freeway was reopened around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Forest visitors should be aware of emergency vehicles along Sunrise Highway and Old Highway 80.
Incident Overview

As of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the so called "Gun Fire" had burned up to 125 acres.

The fire got its name because it sparked near a gun enthusiasts club off of Old Highway 80. The Gun Fire started March 8 2014 off Interstate 8 & Sunrise Hwy near Pine Valley (San Diego County).
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
 Firefighters have not reached the point of origin yet, so they have not yet determined a cause.
Date of Origin Saturday March 08th, 2014 approx. 12:30 PM
Current Situation
Total Personnel 250
Size 125 acres
Percent Contained 30%
Estimated Containment Date Sunday March 09th, 2014 approx. 08:00 PM

Weather: National Weather Service issued for San Diego County's valleys and mountains, which will expire at 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Safety Notes: SDG&E turned off power in the fire's area by request of the U.S. Forestry as a safety concern, which affected the community of Mt. Laguna. Officials said a power pole did burn, but only after the power was cut.


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