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Lost Fire - 85% Contained


Last updated 7/28/2017 at 11:25am

The blaze, dubbed the "Lost Fire," ignited Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of state Route 79 and Lost Valley Road north of Warner Springs, fire officials said. It spread quickly at first, blackening more than 100 acres in less than two hours, but a full wildland response from Cal Fire San Diego helped slow the spread of flames. The fire has currently scorched 255 acres of brush and is 85 percent contained Tuesday, authorities said.

Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service assigned more than 400 firefighters, and crews had to deal with "steep terrain, access problems and high temperatures," according to Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser.

But crews battling the blaze on the ground and in the air throughout the weekend got extra help Monday morning from a rainstorm.

The fire prompted an evacuation warning Saturday night for some residents in nearby Chihuahua Valley, but the warning, which was not a mandatory evacuation order, was lifted Sunday night, according to Cal Fire.

Several small, rural roads in the area were also closed out of precaution.

Firefighters had the blaze 10 percent contained Saturday night, about six hours after it was first reported. It was 40 percent contained late Sunday and 60 percent contained Monday.

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