Cal Fire contains Border Fire at 45 percent, lifts evacuations
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Border Fire was 45 percent contained Friday morning as almost 200 firefighters continued to fight the blaze, according to Cal Fire, as it entered its fifth day.
#BorderFire [update] Potrero is 7,358 acres & 35% contained; 5 homes have been destroyed; 1969 firefighters assigned pic.twitter.com/fvricm9VcZ
— CAL FIRE SAN DIEGO (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) June 24, 2016
Cal Fire reopened the area Thursday evening as progress was made on the blaze and released safety instructions for residents re-entering the area:
There will be three traffic control points restricting access to the fire burn area.
- Closure: Located approximately 1 ½ miles north of Highway 94 on Harris Ranch Road – allowing access to all residential locations on Harris Ranch Road.
- Closure: Vollmer Road approximately ¼ mile north of Highway 94 at the Y intersection.
- Closure: Martin Road approximately ¼ mile west of Highway 94 at the Y intersection. This closure will allow access to residents located on Martin Road.
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SAFETY MESSAGE – The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation warnings or advisories. If you see electrical wires on the ground, stay clear and contact SDG&E immediately. Trees and poles with deep charring, particularly if still smoking, should be considered hazardous.
Please drive slowly as emergency personnel are in the area.
As you re-enter your property and evaluate damage, be aware that hazardous conditions may exist, particularly if a residence or out-building has burned. Hazards may include asbestos, heavy metals, by-products of plastic combustion and various other chemicals.
For additional information on returning home after a wildfire, go to readyforwildfire.org.