Lyons Fire Grows to 450 Acres

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Video of Cal Fire battling a brush fire burning near Jamul north of Skyline Truck Trail on Sept. 9, 2013.

    A brush fire that threatened homes near a small community east of San Diego has grown to 450 acres fire officials said Tuesday.

    The Lyons Fire, sparked just after 1 p.m. near Jamul, prompted the evacuation of six homes near Lyons Valley Road and Honey Springs Road.

    Cal Fire reports the fire was 15-percent contained as of 7 a.m. with no structures damaged.

    The fire started on the side of the road on Skyline Truck Trail. Smoke could be seen pouring from the mountains Monday afternoon.

    Bob Johnston runs the trading post not far from the fire line. Residents go there for information and often get emotional support.

    “They still have memories of what happened several years ago and so when the plume of smoke came up, I think there was a lot of concern,” he said.

    In 2007 the Harris Fire scorched much of this land and property. The remote area is home to many ranchers and horse breeders.

    “Everyone has a concern for their homes but immediately for getting all the animals out, that’s a tough one,” Johnston said.

    An evacuation center has been set up at Jamul Primary School at 14567 Lyons Valley Road. Officials say the evacuations were just precautionary.

    Cal Fire said 75-percent of the scorched earth is federal land and crews expect the U.S. Forest Service to take control of the effort to control the fire.

    Lyons Valley Road remains closed between Honey Springs and Japatul due to fire activity, county officials said.