SAN DIEGO – Firefighters from the Cleveland National Forest and Cal Fire were battling a fast-moving brushfire Saturday that burned about 1,500 acres in two hours in the Japatul Valley area near Alpine.
FOX 5 viewers sent in photos of the smoke seen from up to 50 miles away.
The fire began at about 3 p.m. off Spirit Trail and Japatul Road and was described early by Cal Fire officials as burning at a dangerous rate of spread and a medium threat to structures.
About 4 p.m., Cal Fire said the community of Carveacre Road was threatened and under evacuation orders. Multiple air and ground resources are on scene and en route.
Area residents are evacuating to Joan McQueen Middle School, 2001 Tavern Rd in Alpine.
About 5 p.m., an evacuation order was issued for all of Lawson Valley. The fire front was one-mile long, according to Southern California Air Operations.
Plumes of smoke could be seen for miles in East County.