San Felipe fire reaches full containment

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SAN DIEGO — The prescribed burn in East County had that jumped out of control and blackened about 2,781 acres was fully contained Sunday evening, CalFire officials said.

San-Felipe-FireHundreds of firefighters worked on the fire lines, about 30 miles east of Julian.  They had it 100 percent contained by 5:45 p.m. Sunday, CalFire reported.

The fire did not threaten structures as it charred the desert mountain area north of Scissors Crossing, CalFire reported. Five firefighters working the lines sustained minor injuries.

The state firefighting agency was conducting a prescribed burn, intended to be about 100 acres, when an unexpected wind shift caused the blaze to jump the containment lines around 12:20 p.m. Thursday, fire officials said.

The blaze was off San Felipe Road north of Highway 78, according to CalFire.


  • Angry resident

    How can a day that was forecasted to have dangerous high winds be even remotely considered for a controlled burn.and to say that there was in unexpected change in winds? Come on.

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