Firefighters Gain Upper Hand on 'Old Fire'

The fire, dubbed "Old Fire," threatens 200 homes according to Cal Fire

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012  |  Updated 6:34 PM PDT
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For the first time since the fire tore through the area, we get a closer look at the damage. Daniel Berlant with Cal Fire updates the fire with NBC 7s Tony Shin.

For the first time since the fire tore through the area, we get a closer look at the damage. Daniel Berlant with Cal Fire updates the fire with NBC 7s Tony Shin.

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Firefighters gained the upper hand on the "Old Fire" burning off Old Highway 80 overnight but they are aware that high winds are expected to peak around noon Tuesday.

A home and an RV burned in the fire that began near Miller Valley Road in the rural area northeast of Campo around 12:20 p.m. Sunday.

So far, nearly 1,000 acres have burned. Firefighters said the Old Fire is 90 percent contained as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Full control of the fire is expected on Thursday.

About 200 homes in the Live Oak Springs area are under voluntary evacuation.

The cost of fighting the fire is estimated to be about $1.15 million.

One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion.

Eastbound Hwy 94 is closed at Church Rd and Old Hwy 80 is closed at Crestwood & Live Oak Springs according to Cal Fire.

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.


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