Live Blog: Brush fire chars 400 acres in Alpine, destroys homes

 

ALPINE, Calif. — Crews had the devastating wildfire east of Alpine 30-percent contained Saturday, after the blaze destroyed 18 structures and damaged eight more Friday.

Firefighters dealt with extreme heat, but nearly calm winds, as the battle continued early Saturday. At 8 a.m., it was 98 degrees in Alpine, with a forecast high of 99 and worries that winds could gust as high as 20 miles per hour later in the day.

The estimated size of the blaze Saturday remained at 400 acres, according to CalFire officials.

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Governor Jerry Brown has issued a state of emergency in San Diego County “due to the effects of the West Fire, which has destroyed homes, threatened critical infrastructure and caused the evacuation of residents.” Read more here.

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The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health has issued a boil water advisory for the Alpine Oaks Estates at 3505 Alpine Boulevard due to fire damage to the water system. 

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A helicopter drops water on a burning home in Alpine during the West Fire. 

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An Alpine firefighter was hospitalized after suffering slight burns to the side of his face. He is expected to be released tomororw.

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A scene of devastation after flames swept through a neighborhood in eastern Alpine…

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The fire is now at 400 acres and is 5 percent contained.

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One mobile home explodes in flames and threatens to spread to two neighboring homes in Alpine.

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Jaime Chambers reports from the thick of the West Fire:

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The West Fire overruns a large house in Alpine as firefighters set up to protect a neighboring home.

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A Cal Fire crew deploys on the side of Interstate 8 as the West Fire rages on the side of the freeway.

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We’re being told Lakeside Rodeo may not be ready to take large animal rescues. Communicate with @SanDiegoCounty Department of Animal Services at (619) 498-2361 before making any decisions about moving livestock.

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Fire sweeps through a mobile home park in Alpine:

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Red Cross opens a shelter in El Cajon:

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The West Fire has now blackened 350 acres, officials estimate. Multiple homes, mobile homes and other buildings have burned.

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About 1700 SDG&E customers are without power in Alpine. You can view their outage map here.

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This map shows an estimate of the area being evacuated.

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Alpine residents evacuating for the West Fire should meet at Viejas Casino Parking Lot 11.

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San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is reporting the need for IMMEDIATE evacuations at Highland Mobile Home Park and the area immediately behind the Albertson’s located at 2955 Alpine Blvd. Individuals can evacuate to Viejas Casino (5000 Willows Road).

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A viewer sent in this photo of black smoke hanging over homes in Alpine

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