Banner Fire fully contained

SHELTER VALLEY (CNS) – Crews battling a wildfire that blackened about
5,300 open acres east of Julian got the sprawling burn area fully contained
Tuesday.

Some type of equipment mishap sparked the conflagration early Thursday
afternoon in the Cigarette Hills area, near Banner Grade and southwest of
Scissors Crossing, according to Cal Fire. The agency declined to specify what
type of apparatus started the blaze, citing ongoing investigations.

Hundreds of crew members fought the so-called Banner Fire, which caused
no reported structural damage, by ground and air as it spread rapidly, pushed
by strong easterly winds.

Within 90 minutes of the start of the blaze, authorities evacuated about
100 Shelter Valley-area homes potentially in the path of the flames. The
displaced residents were able to return to their houses about six hours later.

On Friday, sheriff's personnel cleared about 50 people out of Stagecoach
Trails RV Park & Resort when the fire flared up while moving to the southeast
through Shelter Valley.

Crews finished the job of surrounding the burn zone late this morning,
Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said.

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries, including heat exhaustion,
cuts and bruises, while attacking the flames, according to Schuler.

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