3 homes near Ramona temporarily evacuated because of ‘Black Fire’

SANTA YSABEL, Calif. – Three homes were evacuated when a brush fire broke out in eastern San Diego County  Sunday afternoon near the Mesa Grande Reservation east of Ramona, according to Cal Fire officials.

The 46-acre fire broke out near the intersection of Black Canyon Road and Mesa Grande Road, according to Capt. Issac Sanchez. The fire was dubbed the Black Fire due to its origin being near Black Canyon Road.

At least 20 fire engines, four fixed wing firefighting airplanes and four helicopters from Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service were fighting the fire as of mid afternoon Sunday.

At 8:30 p.m., the fire was 60 percent contained.  There was no estimate for when the fire might be fully contained, Sanchez said.

Resident who were evacuated were let back into their homes before 4 p.m.

Cal fire says their biggest challenge was the heat.  “ I think the hottest I saw was 100 degrees. It may have been a little warmer maybe a little less but the point is when you get that hot there isn’t that much splitting hairs hot is hot," said Capt. Sanchez.

Four engines have been assigned to the fire overnight.

 

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