10-23-07, 7:38 p.m. According to CAL FIRE,
the Harris Fire is 72,000 acres and 10% contained, full containment is expected October 31st. The cost to date to fight the fire is $2,100,000. One additional civilian suffered burns and was treated and transported to a local hospital. A total of 21 civilians have been injured and one killed by this fire. There are 4500 people are or have been threatened and evacuated. Additional evacuations are being ordered. An estimated 200 to 500 homes have been destroyed or damaged. There are 1500 homes are or have been threatened. An additional 452 people are being assigned to the incident and are either in route or were with the initial attack and have not been released from the line to check in. The total personnel count is 1211.
The Witch Fire is 196,420 acres and 1 percent contained. Twelve firefighters have been injured on this fire and currently there are 1,492 firefighters assigned to this incident. The fire will continue to move west and southwest, threatening the communities of San Diego, Poway, Ramona, Escondido, Lakeside, Valley Center, San Marcos and Rancho Santa Fe. The fire has spread to the east threatening the communities of Julian and Pine Hills. Current efforts are working towards a more accurate fire perimeter size.
The Rice fire is 7,500 acres and 10% contained with full containment expected on October 28th, with full control expected Nov. 5th. One firefighter has been injured. At least 206 residences have been destroyed, two commercial properties, 40 outbuildings, 91 vehicles and 20,000 Avocado trees. There is active burning in the Rainbow Glen area and an evacuation of Deluz Canyon area.
The Poomacha Fire is 20,000 acres and 0% contained, there have been 10 injuries to firefighers, 218 firefighters are assigned to this incident. Fifty homes have been destroyed. The fire increased in size substantially due to extreme fire behavior, lack of resources and high winds. Some resources are beginning to arrive at the incident, but no significant perimeter control has been initiated due to structure protection priorities.
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CAMP PENDLETON FIRE UPDATE: The Horno Fire at Camp Pendleton has burned 6000 acres and is moving north
With no significant degree of containment, 2007 has now equalled 2003 in terms of acreage burned:72K + 196K +7.5K + 20K +6k= 300K. The 2003 Cedar fire burned 245K acres. Fortunately, 207 is still lagging behind in terms of numbers of lives & structures lost.
Lives - when i went to bed, i believe it was 5 deaths attributed to the fire (including one collapse by an evacuee at dinner).
Tho its still quite far away, this morning I can clearly see fireglow in the southeast (Harris fire).
The Horno fire has caused closure of interstate 5 thru Camp Pendelton due to smoke (low visibility).
And thats all just Sandy Eggo county. Orange County is burning, Riverside, and LA. No wonder no one can get the FL sugarcane growers to stop burning off their fields. They think its just a seasonal ritual for coastal states.
Trivia - on Monday, inland humidity was 8%. At the bay-surrounded airport, it was a towering 11%.
Altoid - curiously strong.