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Fire crews will continue to battle West Fire overnight

West Fire remains at 400 acres

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - UPDATE 

The West Fire continues to hold at 400 acres with five percent containment in Alpine, according to Cleveland National Forest Twitter page. Fire crews are expected to continue working overnight to build containment lines. 

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a local state of emergency Friday. 

 

 

UPDATE

At around 4 p.m. a mutual aid request was received regarding the West Fire burning near Alpine, Calif. A Yuma Fire Department Engine with four firefighters have left to join other personnel from Imperial County and proceed to a staging area near Alpine.

According to CAL FIRE, the fire remains at 400 acres and is now 75 percent contained. 

 

 

UPDATE (2:55 P.M.) 

The West Fire has reached 350 acres with zero percent contained in Alpine Friday afternoon, according to CAL FIRE's Twitter page.

 

For those traveling from San Diego to Imperial and Yuma counties, all eastbound lanes are open at West Willows Road, said Caltrans San Diego. 

The eastbound I-8 on-ramp from Tavern Road and eastbound I-8 off-ramp to West Willows Road remain closed.

 

 

Ready San Diego, the County of San Diego Office of Emergency, reported emergency shelters have been opened at Los Coches Creek Middle School in El Cajon, Calif. 

 

 

UPDATE: 

The fire is now 150 acres and zero percent contained according to CAL FIRE San Diego. They are saying it is a critical rate spread. 

 

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Immediate evacuations were ordered on Friday due to a brush fire that started east of Alpine amid a dangerous heat wave that sent temperatures into the triple digits, according to NBC San Diego. 

The brush fire began at around 11:30 a.m. near Willows Road and Alpine Boulevard, near Interstate 8. 

NBC San Diego said the 10-to-15-acre fire had burned multiple structures and the entire community near Highland Mobile Home Park needed to evacuate. 

According to the San Diego Sheriff's Department an evacuation center has been established at Viejas Casino at 5000 Willows Road and Alpine Boulevard at Tavern Road was shut down so crews could tend to the rapid-moving fire.

The fire sparked as crews were battling a second brush fire that was moving at a dangerous rate of spread in Dulzura. The building fire had scorched about 10 acres and had burned one structure said NBC San Diego. 

This is also an advisory for anyone who may have been traveling for Independence Day weekend and or may be thinking about heading towards San Diego. 

This story is developing and we will keep you updated with any new information. 


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