Update: Fire crews continue to battle 90 percent contained Feather Fire in Ramona
BARONA (KUSI) — Tuesday 2:35 p.m. — A still-smoldering wildfire that blackened about 133 open acres south of Ramona and briefly threatened some back-country homes was caused by mowing equipment, authorities said Tuesday.
The so-called Feather Fire broke out early Monday afternoon off El Capitan Truck Trail, near Featherstone Canyon Road in the Barona area, according to Cal Fire.
Sheriff’s deputies cleared residents out of Barona Mesa-area homes nearest the blaze as the flames spread over rugged, hilly terrain toward them.
Authorities lifted the evacuation order about three hours later, as ground and aircraft crews gained the upper hand on the blaze.
No structural damage or injuries were reported.
Containment was listed at 90 percent Tuesday afternoon.
8:00 a.m. — Crews continue to battle the Feather Fire in the Barona area Tuesday but have the 133-acre fire contained by 65 percent.
Monday 10:00 p.m. — A fast-moving wildfire blackened an estimated 133 brushy acres south of Ramona Monday afternoon, threatening some back-country homes for a time but causing no reported structural damage or injuries.
The blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 1:15 p.m. off Featherstone Canyon Road, near Wright Canyon Road in the Barona area, according to Cal Fire.
Sheriff’s deputies cleared people out of Barona Mesa-area homes nearest the blaze and suggested that they wait out the emergency at an equestrian center in the 16900 block of Gunn Stage Road in the San Diego Country Estates community.
Authorities lifted the evacuation order shortly after 4:30 p.m., said Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser.
Ground crews and personnel aboard air tankers and water-dropping helicopters fought the blaze.
By about 9 p.m., the fire was 50 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.