San Diego County brush fire continues to threaten homes, campsites

The brush fire that broke out Saturday in northeast San Diego has burned 4,700 acres and continues to threaten homes and campgrounds, Cal Fire said Tuesday morning.

The fire is considered 15% contained. Full containment is not expected until Sunday.

Eight structures have been destroyed, including the conference center at the Al Bahr Shrine Camp. The fire “continues to be a potential threat” to Foster Lodge, homes on Mt. Laguna, and the El Prado, Horse Heaven and Laguna campgrounds, all of which have been ordered evacuated.


Sunrise Highway remains closed from Interstate 8 to California 79. The fire is on both sides of Sunrise Highway, Cal Fire said.

The fire has been dubbed the Chariot fire because it was first spotted Saturday near Chariot Canyon southeast of Julian. The Red Cross has established a center for evacuees at Joan MacQueen Middle School in Alpine.

Five injuries have been reported.

More than 1,600 fire personnel are fighting the fire amid the rocky, inaccessible terrain, much of it in the Cleveland National Forest. Also part of the attack are 12 helicopters and four air tankers.


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