California Wildfires update
October 24, 2007
The California Highway Patrol says southbound Interstate 5 has reopened at Camp Pendleton, but the nrothbound lanes will remain closed for several more hours.
Major wildfires burning in California, by county:
San Diego County
” Witch Fire: About 196,420 acres in northern San Diego County from Witch Creek to Rancho Santa Fe. One percent contained; 500 homes, 100 businesses and 50 outbuildings destroyed; 375 other structures damaged, including 250 homes and 75 businesses. Two civilians and 12 firefighters injured.
” Harris Fire: About 72,000 acres 70 miles southeast of San Diego north of the border town of Tecate; 10 percent contained; 200 homes destroyed; 2,000 homes and 500 commercial properties threatened. One civilian killed, 21 civilians and five firefighters injured.
” Rice Fire: At least 7,500 acres in Fallbrook in northern San Diego County; 10 percent containment; 206 homes and 2 commercial properties destroyed. One firefighter injured.
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” Poomacha Fire: 20,000 acres on the La Jolla Indian Reservation and in northeastern San Diego County. No containment; 50 homes destroyed and 2,000 homes threatened. Ten firefighters injured.
” Camp Pendleton Fire: 3,000 acres on the Marine base north of San Diego; 10 percent contained.
Los Angeles County
” Buckweed Fire: About 37,812 acres south of Agua Dulce in northeastern Los Angeles County; 80 percent contained; 15 homes, 15 outbuildings, two bridges and 40 vehicles destroyed. Four people injured. About 15,000 people and 5,500 homes evacuated.
” Canyon Fire: About 4,500 acres in coastal community of Malibu; 75 percent contained; six homes, two businesses, a church destroyed and nine homes, five commercial buildings damaged. Four people injured. About 1,500 people, including several celebrities, evacuated.
” Magic Fire: About 1,750 acres in northern Los Angeles County, including Stevenson Ranch; 93 percent contained with full containment expected Wednesday. No damages or injuries. The fire was accidentally started by construction workers welding in the area.
” Ranch Fire: About 47,240 acres in the Castaic area near Piru; 10 percent contained; three homes, four outbuildings destroyed, 500 homes and 50 commercial buildings threatened. No injuries reported.
” Santiago Fire: About 19,200 acres east of Irvine; 30 percent contained; 6 homes and 8 outbuildings destroyed; 8 homes and 12 outbuildings damaged. Four minor injuries to firefighters. About 3,000 people evacuated.
San Bernardino County
” Slide Fire: More than 4,000 acres in Green Valley Lake area of the San Bernardino Mountains, east of Lake Arrowhead; 15 percent contained. At least 200 homes destroyed.
” Grass Valley Fire: More than 1,000 acres in Grass Valley area northwest of Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains; 5 percent contained. At least 100 homes destroyed.
” An estimated 10,000 homes in the mountain resort communities around both fires are threatened. Thousands of residents and a hospital evacuated.
Santa Barbara County:
” Sedgewick Fire: 710 acres near Los Olivos. Fully contained. No evacuations. No homes destroyed and no reports of injuries.
By The Associated Press