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Anza, Cutca Fire

 

Last updated 7/27/2015 at 1:43pm

Photo from NBC 7 San Diego

More than 425 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection have continued to battle the steep and virtually inaccessible terrain on Palomar Mountain dubbed the 'Cutca Fire'. Two crews of "hotshots," were air lifted in by helicopter, according to the U.S. Forest Service and by nightfall, the fire was estimated at 167 acres and 20% contained.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction for the area to discourage anyone from flying a personal aircraft or drone above the fire.

Much of the fire is in the Cutca Valley and south of Long Canyon, two miles north of the observatory, in the Cleveland National Forest. No structures are threatened, and there have been no evacuations ordered, with campgrounds remaining open.

The Forest Service has set a public meeting for Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Palomar Mountain Fire Station 79 on Crestline Road to discuss the fire with campers and residents.

The cause has yet to be determined.

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