Brush Fire In Shelter Valley Fully Contained

No Immediate Threat To Structures

Crews working to extinguish a wind-stoked brush fire that blackened about 100 open acres east of Julian got the rugged burn area fully surrounded Thursday.

The blaze, which caused no reported structural damage or injuries, began spreading late Wednesday afternoon through sparse vegetation off State Route 78, near Highway S2 in the Shelter Valley area of eastern San Diego County, according to Cal Fire.

Two tanker planes and a pair of helicopters made drops on the fast- moving flames until sundown Wednesday, while an estimated 400 firefighters worked to contain the blaze on the ground, said Mike Mohler, a spokesman for the state agency.

Inmate crews were among those called in to battle the fire, which was pushed by winds gusting up to about 35 mph. Staffing was reduced to about 200 firefighters overnight.

The personnel had the burn zone 100 percent contained by 3 p.m., Mohler said.