San Diego County Sheriff Gore update on Valley Fire evacuations

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Firefighting efforts stretched into a fifth day Wednesday as crews work to subdue a wildfire that blackened thousands of acres in rural eastern San Diego County, leveling 20 “habitable structures” and forcing widespread evacuations.

Sheriff Bill Gore joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss staying safe and evacuations.

Evacuation orders were in effect for Lawson Valley, Japatul Valley, Corte Madera Ranch, Lyons Valley, Carveacre, and WiseCarver, according to Cal Fire.

In Pine Valley, Descanso, Alpine, Viejas, Dulzura, Barrett Junction and Potrero, residents were advised to prepare to clear out of their homes on short notice if the flames began closing in on their neighborhoods.

Shelters for the displaced were available at two schools — Steele Canyon in Spring Valley and El Capitan in Lakeside, which accepts pets, according to the San Diego Humane Society. Lakeside Rodeo Arena, at 12584 Mapleview St., was available to shelter horses.

The blaze erupted for unknown reasons early Saturday afternoon off Spirit Trail and Carveacre Road in Japatul Valley, southeast of Alpine, according to Cal Fire.

If you left animals behind, County Animal Services and San Diego Humane Society can help feed them or rescue them.

People are encouraged to follow @SDSheriff, @Cal FIRE San Diego on Twitter for the latest information or visit SDCountyEmergency.com it has the latest evacuation orders with ASL and other important updates such as road closures.

Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires