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San Gabriel & Border Fire Update


Last updated 6/27/2016 at 7:27am

As firefighters continue to control six fires that broke out through the county, The San Gabriel Complex, which has been sending smoke across the Coachella Valley, has burnt a combined acreage of 5,381 acres.

Made up of 1,146 acres for the Reservoir Fire, it is now 71% contained and 4,235 acres for the Fish Fire and 72% containment.

857 personnel are currently engaged on these fires to including 39 engines, 22 handcrews, 15 water tenders, 5 bulldozers, 11 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

Firefighters have been transported by helicopter to remote sites to continue fire suppression in areas that are difficult to access. Crews working on the Reservoir Fire continued direct fireline construction, mop up and patrolled the area for fire hazards. Conditions on the Fish Fire continued to improve allowing crews to go more direct with line construction.

Handcrews successfully accessed the fires edge in the steep and rugged terrain on the northeast edge of the Fish Fire. Crews continue to build direct fireline and reinforce existing line.

The San Diego Border Fire is 90% contained, having covered 7,609 acres.

1,100 firefighters were involved with the initial firefight and are continuing to strengthen containment lines and mop up on the fire.

SDG&E and AT&T continue to make repairs on many of the downed power lines, communication lines and the replacement of poles. Suppression repair has been implemented and is ongoing.

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