Pointe Fire evacuations lifted, 26-acre fire 100 percent contained
SPRING VALLEY (KUSI) — Thursday 7:58 p.m. — Cal Fire reported that the Pointe Fire was 100 percent contained at 26 acres.
7:00 a.m. — Some Spring Valley residents were back at home Thursday after a fast-moving brush fire prompted evacuations in a neighborhood north of Sweetwater Reservoir.
As of late Wednesday night, the so-called Pointe Fire had burned about 26 acres and was 80 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. It erupted for unknown reasons shortly after 4 p.m. off Pointe Parkway.
The fire prompted authorities to evacuate homes on Pointe Parkway, Ledgeside Street, California Waters Drive and Pleasant Waters Court, but the order was lifted Wednesday night, according to the state fire agency.
Medics took one firefighter to a hospital for treatment of a snakebite. Cal Fire officials later said he was “doing great.” No other injuries were reported.
Wednesday 6:40 p.m. — Evacuation orders were lifted around 6:15 Wednesday night for residents in Spring Valley.
Ground crews and personnel aboard air tankers and water-dropping helicopters were able to halt the spread of the roughly 15-acre blaze within about 90 minutes and prevent it from damaging any structures, Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said.
Medics took one firefighter to a hospital for treatment of a snakebite, officials said. No other injuries were reported.
Happy to report that the firefighter on the #PointeFire that was bitten by a rattlesnake is doing great!
— CAL FIRE SAN DIEGO (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) August 18, 2016
6:10 p.m. — The Pointe Fire is now 40 percent contained at 15 acres.
According to Cal Fire, one firefighter was transported to Grossmont Hospital due to a rattlesnake bite.
The extent of his injuries and his current condition is unknown at this time.
5:03 p.m. — The Pointe Fire has grown to 15 acres and evacuation orders were given for Pointe Pkwy & California Waters Dr & Pleasant Water Ct.
The blaze erupted for unknown reasons off the 2900 block of Pointe Parkway in Spring Valley shortly after 4 p.m. and quickly blackened several acres, according to Cal Fire.
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Authorities cleared people out of nearby homes along Ledgeside Street, near South Barcelona Street, as crews worked to subdue the flames by ground and aboard firefighting aircraft.
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 18, 2016
There were no immediate reports of structural damage or injuries.
A temporary evacuaction site for was set up at Monte Vista High School at 3230 Sweetwater Springs Blvd.
4:30 p.m. — Fire crews were working Wednesday to battle a 3-acre vegetation fire off the 2900 block of Pointe Parkway in Spring Valley.
According to Cal Fire, an evacuation order was given for the Ledge Side area between Ledge View and South Barcelona.
This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.
— Ashlie Rodriguez (@AshlieKUSI) August 17, 2016