Evacuations Still in Place, Shelters Expanded for Pets and Livestocks

Border Fire had charred 6,020 acres by Tuesday night as more than 1,500 firefighters work to get it under control.

The Border Fire is now 10 percent contained as more than 1,500 firefighters continue to fight to bring it under control.

Cal Fire tweeted the fire had burned 7,500 acres Monday evening. But fire officials said better mapping showed the fire had burned around 6,020 acres on Tuesday. 

The fire broke out Sunday morning around 11:30 a.m. near Highway 94 and Highway 188, north of Tecate, Mexico, and west of Campo. 

The community of Potrero was the first to evacuate Sunday afternoon when officials issued the mandatory order.

Since then, mandatory evacuations were also ordered for Forest Gate, Star Ranch, Cowboy Ranch, Dog Patch and Canyon City.

[G] Border Fire Scorches 7,609 Acres East of San Diego

On Tuesday around 1:30 p.m., Cal Fire reported the fire was moving to the north and northeast and threatening 800 structures.

The evacuation orders were extended to people living in a two-mile radius around Lake Morena Drive and Oak Drive west of Buckman Springs Road.

Sheriff’s Deputies went house to house in Lake Morena Village on Tuesday afternoon, informing residents to pack up their things and head for safer locations. They tied yellow caution tape around street signs and mailboxes in areas where people had already been notified.

Some homeowners told NBC 7 they are choosing to stay in their homes until the fire is close.

“Until I start seeing the flames, then I'll start packing up,” Lisa Murphy said. "We've all lived in the neighborhood for a long time in this community. We know the drill and how it goes with the wildfires."

But others packed up their valuables and headed to safer ground.

“A little bit worried,” said resident Aaron G. “I think the fire department’s got it under control but figured we'd do what they asked us to do and be safe.”

Mountain Health located at 31115 CA-94 in Campo has opened up their community center for displaced residents.

Evacuees are being directed to Los Coches Creek Middle School, where an overnight shelter was set up. The school is located on 9669 Dunbar Lane in El Cajon.

You can find information on shelters here.

The San Diego Humane Society also set up pet shelters for companion pets and livestock. Large animal shelters were available at the Boulevard Customs and Border Protection station on 2463 Ribbonwood Rd. in Boulevard and Circle T Ranch at 24215 Viejas Grade Rd in Descanso. 

But as of 8 p.m., the Circle T Ranch had reached maximum capacity.

You can find more information here.

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