Harris Fire – day 2

| October 23, 2007

The Harris Fire in southeast San Diego County is making the residents there increasingly nervous. As you can see from this updated (0530 today) map, the fire has moved beyond the evacuation area and is following Hwy 94 right up into Spring Valley:

My sister, Jacque Hoffman, and her son Devon went up to the top of Mt. Helix this morning and snapped this picture of the fire’s front; notice the suburbs in the foreground:

Copyright (c) 2007 Jacque Hoffman

This morning, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders issued a voluntary evacuation order for the Chula Vista/Brown Field area south of Main Street and east of I-805:

Voluntary evacuation area (10/23/07)

This, of course, is in addition to the mandatory evacuation areas around the fire itself. Here’s the latest information on the Harris Fire from the San Diego County Emergency Center (c/o the Sign On San Diego Fire Blog):

The Harris Fire is 70, 000 acres and 5% contained. Firefighters are looking for full control of this fire on November 4th.

250 residences have been damaged and 200 have been destroyed. 5 firefighters and 20 civilians have been burned and there was 1 civilian fatality. Currently we have 65 engines, 9 fire crews, 2 dozers, 5 water tenders, 3 airtankers, 2 helicopters, 2 helitankers, (500 firefighters).

Areas threatened: regional communications site on San Miguel Mountain. Power grid and sub station, water treatment plant, Chula Vista, San Diego, Potrero, Barrett Junction, Barrett Lake area, Engineer Springs, Dulzura, Deerhorn Valley, Lawson Valley, Jamul, Lyons Valley area and Otay Mountain.

The fire burned 50+ homes in Deerhorn Valley Fire and Honey Springs. Fire moved rapidly to the west/southwest to Chula Vista and Otay Lake and north to the south end of Barrett Lake. Firefighters are engaged in protecting a critical Power Grid sub-station and a water treatment plant.

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  1. jenellecraig says:

    Can you show any updated map of the Witch Creek Fire around the 15 and 56? (Near the Doubletree Golf Resort) I can’t seem to find any map of that area since 3am and my best friend lives there. Trying to find out if her and her family have a home to go back to still.

    Thank you so much and thank you for your frequent updates!