'Old Fire' in Campo 100 Percent Contained - NBC 7 San Diego

'Old Fire' in Campo 100 Percent Contained

The "Old Fire" off Old Hwy 80 began Sunday afternoon and burned 995 acres



    'Old Fire' in Campo 100 Percent Contained
    Images of "Old Fire" burning northeast of Campo on Sunday evening.

    The massive “Old Fire” burning off Old Highway 80 northeast of Campo since Sunday was officially 100 percent contained by Wednesday evening, according to Cal FIRE.

    At 7 p.m. Cal FIRE officials said the fire was 100 percent contained, with some firefighters still on site cleaning up the area and patrolling for hot spots.

    All evacuation orders have been lifted, authorities said. Church Road is currently open to residents only through the Camp Indian Reservation from Old Hwy 80 to one mile north of State Route 94.

    According to Cal FIRE, the Old Fire began near Miller Valley Road in the rural area northeast of Campo around 2:06 p.m. Sunday.

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    At one point, more than 200 homes near the fire area were threatened, prompting evacuations.

    In the end, the Old Fire burned 995 acres. As for damages, one home and one recreational travel trailer were burned in the fire and five injuries were reported.

    A total of 354 fire personnel, 14 fire crews and 25 fire engines helped battle this fire. Cooperating agencies included Cal FIRE, San Diego County Fire Authority, San Diego fire agencies, U.S. Forest Service, Border Patrol, San Diego County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, Red Cross and the Campo Indian Reservation Fire Department, officials reported Wednesday.

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

    Cal FIRE investigators are still working to determine the cause of the Old Fire. At this point, investigators said they have ruled out electrical or lightning issues as the cause of the fire, as there were no reports of lightning when the fire started and there are no power lines in that area.

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