Update: 46-acre brush fire near Cleveland National Forest 60 percent contained

MESA GRANDE (KUSI) — 6/26/2017 — A fire that charred 46 open acres near the Mesa Grande Reservation northeast of Ramona was about 60 percent contained Monday.

Fire crews worked throughout the night to get a handle on the so-called Black Fire, which had been burning in the vicinity of Black Canyon and Mesa Grande roads since early Sunday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze prompted authorities to temporarily evacuate three area homes Sunday, but the residents were later allowed to return, according to Cal Fire.

No structural damage was reported.

6/25/2017 — A 46-acre brush fire in eastern San Diego County was 50 percent contained after forcing the temporary evacuation of three homes Saturday near the Mesa Grande Reservation northeast of Ramona, according to Cal Fire officials.

The Black Fire broke out at about 12:50 p.m. near the intersection of Black Canyon Road and Mesa Grande Road, according to Capt. Issac Sanchez. The fire was dubbed the Black Fire due to its origin being near Black Canyon Road.

It was originally thought to be about 75 acres in size, but better mapping techniques revised that estimate down to 46 acres, with the forward spread having been stopped, Sanchez said.

At least 20 fire engines, four fixed-wing firefighting airplanes and four helicopters from Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service were fighting the fire as of midafternoon.

There was no estimate for when the fire might be contained, Sanchez said.

UPDATE: 3:46 p.m. The fire is now at 46 acres. Three homes were evacuated but they are being allowed to return to their homes now.

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. The Black Fire is still at 75 acres and the forward rate of spreading has been stopped. The fire is 50% contained.

This is a developing story. KUSI will have the latest updates.

Categories: Fire Watch 2017, Local San Diego News

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