San Diego fires – updated fire and evacuation information

| October 23, 2007

[Be sure to check out the post below this one.]

[UPDATED 10/22/07 – 2351 PDT – bfwebster]

San Diego County has issued the following status information on the Witch Creek and Harris fires as of 7:51 pm PDT (10/22/07) :


The latest update from CALFIRE reports the fire is now 145,000 acres and zero percent contained. The cause is under investigation.

• 600 structures have been destroyed (500 residences, 50 outbuildings, 100 commercial properties)
• 300 structures have been damaged (250 residences, 75 commercial properties and 50 outbuildings)
• Seven injuries to firefighters; one civilian injury

The fire is threatening the communities of San Diego, Poway, Ramona, Escondido, Lakeside, Valley Center, San Marcos, Rancho Santa Fe. Currently, about 625 firefighters are battling the blaze using 89 engines, nine fire crews, ten dozers and two water tenders.


The Harris Fire has now burned 22,000 acres and is five percent contained. Some civilians have chosen not to evacuate and have created rescue problems as the fire impacts their community.

• Five firefighters injured; one civilian fatality, six civilians injured
• The cost to date to fight this fire is $1,300,000

The fire is threatening the communities of Potrero, Barrett Junction, Barrett Lake area, Engineer Springs, Dulzura, Deerhorn Valley, Lawson Valley, Jamul, Lyons Valley area and Otay Mountain, and extreme fire conditions are making conditions difficult.


One of our readers (thanks, Paige!) posted a link to the fire and evacuation map for San Diego County as of 7:30 pm PDT (PDF file, 1.73 MB). It lists the following fires (north to south):

  • Rice Canyon Fire
  • Coronado Hills Fire (100% contained)
  • Guajito Fire
  • Witch Creek Fire
  • McCoy Fire
  • Descanso Fire
  • Harris Fire

The Guajito and Witch Creek fires are in effect one large fire; the current evacuation zone goes from east of Poway all the way west to I-5. The McCoy and Descanso fires are just shown as very small dots; I don’t know if that represents the actual extent of the fires or a lack of information about their extent.

Bruce Henderson has done outstanding work on compiling and posting this information all through the day today, particularly with his custom maps. I hope that he and his wife Tammi get some rest tonight, and I think we all hope that the weather breaks soon.

Even though I’m a thousand miles away in Colorado, I have a personal interest in the fire since my mom, three of my sisters, and three of my children live in San Diego County, not to mention my former wife and all of her relatives, as well as quite a few of my friends. All appear to be safe for now, though my former mother-in-law had to evacuate her home in Rancho San Diego and fears that it may have burned. ..bruce.. [the other Bruce]

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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  1. cherylescondido says:

    Thank you for the wealth of information being provided. I’ve linked to your site. Hope that’s ok.

  2. kmickey says:

    KOGO got smart and started giving updates using page numbers and grid squares from Thomas Brothers Maps. Just about everyone in the county has one of those and it’s a lot easier to follow along with than if the reporter is naming a list of streets.

  3. efalcone says:

    Thank all of you for all of your hard work on keeping the rest of us informed about the fires in the area. I am in Austin, Texas but my ENTIRE family is in San Diego and have been keeping up with your site as it has the most information on where the fires are and the best maps, pictures, etc. So again, thank you for all that you all have done here. Stay safe and know that there are many of us in Austin with friends and family in San Diego and we’re all praying for your safety.