Evacuation orders lifted in San Diego County fire

Evacuation orders at the Campo Indian Reservation in San Diego County have been lifted as firefighters continue to make progress in controlling a wildfire in the area, authorities said.

Residents along Church Road were advised to evacuate for several hours Saturday afternoon as a wind-driven brush fire bore down toward their homes south of State Route 94, authorities said. The evacuation order was lifted at 4:30 p.m.

The fire broke out about 1:20 p.m. near Shasta Way, about three miles north of the Mexican border. It burned in a southwest direction, pushed by hot, dry winds of about 15 mph, authorities said. Some wind gusts were reported at 25 to 30 mph.

Cal Fire attacked the blaze with aircraft and dozens of fire rigs.


The California Highway Patrol and sheriff’s deputies blocked Route 94 in both directions between Church and Live Oak roads. Reservation roads BIA 10 and BIA 15 also were closed.

All road closures were removed by 5:30 p.m.

By 7 p.m., most of the fire’s spread had slowed and was still estimated at 115 acres, with 40% containment.

The fire comes on a day of red flag warnings across Southern California due to winds and high temperatures.


Repard and Prine write for the San Diego Union-Tribune.


8 p.m.: This article has been updated with new information from fire officials.


This article was originally posted at 2:30 p.m.