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PHOTOS: Brush Fire Grows to More than 7,000 Acres

 
PHOTOS: Brush Fire Grows to More than 7,000 Acres
Posted Monday, July 8th 2013 @ 5pm

Photo by Roxanne Barreto courtesy of 10News.

The fire, which is called by CalFire the Chariot Fire, has been burning in an area several miles south east of Julian since Saturday.  On Monday afternoon, the fire jumped Sunrise Highway according to Cal Fire officials.

Operators of a mountain camp in San Diego's back country say the wildfire had burned an estimated 120 structures, most of them, cabins. Donald Wierman of Shriner's International told the U-T San Diego that the fire destroyed the lodge, dining hall, and most cabins at Al Bahr Mount Laguna Shrine Camp. A Sierra Club lodge across the road also burned.

Here is a satellite photo of fire.

Authorities cleared residents out of 20 residences potentially in the path of the flames Sunday night and from 100 others Monday morning, when the evacuation zone was widened to cover about three miles along Sunrise Highway.

Several hours later, the flames jumped the highway and continued moving to the west, driven by erratic winds and high temperatures.  The north-south roadway was then closed between state Route 79 and Interstate 8.  Evacuations were also ordered for Sunrise Highway between Milemarker 17 to 29.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the fire was 40-percent contained. The cause of the fire was still not known, but it began shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday east of Sunrise Highway in the Chariot Mountain area.

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