Casner Fire That Forced Evacuations Near Ramona 75% Contained

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Casner Fire: Latest Details

  • Size: 180 acres
  • Containment: 75% contained, the forward spread has been stopped
  • Road Closures: Hwy 78 and Old Julian Hwy roads have reopened to traffic
  • Evacuation Orders: Those evacuated can now return home. An evacuation warning is still in place, San Diego Sheriff's said

The Casner Fire began burning at around noon on Wednesday near eastern Ramona, close to where state Route 78 intersects with Casner Road. The blaze is also situated close to the community of Santa Ysabel.

Multiple structures were threatened as of 3:36 p.m., but the forward rate was stopped Wednesday evening, according to Cal Fire. Nearly 20 homes in the area were temporarily evacuated but no homes were damaged, according to the CHP.

On Thursday, firefighters continued to cut a containment line around the blaze and temper any hot spots that remained. The effort was expected to last throughout the day, Cal Fire said. Containment of the blaze was 35% by Thursday morning.

When the fire started, a large plume of smoke was visible likely from miles around. At least one fixed-wing firefighting aircraft was making water drops on the blaze.

The Casner Fire burned in a relatively remote area, covered mostly in what appears to be dry grass, punctuated by some large, leafy green trees. The flames seem to be mostly burning around the trees, but some are igniting regardless, as is what appears to chapparel.

Roughly 25 Engines, and six crews, equaling 200+ Firefighters assigned to the incident on the ground. There were four tankers and at least three helicopters assigned to the incident.

Temporary Evacuation Site

At 4:45 p.m. San Diego County Sheriff's said those evacuated could now return home, although an evacuation warning is still in place. A warning means there is still a potential threat of flare-ups and you should be prepared to leave.

A temporary evacuation point has been established at Olive Peirce Middle School located at 1521 Hanson Lane.

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