Brush fire dubbed 'Gun Fire' near Pine Valley has burned 125 acres, is 60 percent contained

PINE VALLEY, Calif. - Firefighters now say they expect to have a brush fire that scorched about 125 acres east of Pine Valley fully contained on Thursday.

No injuries or structure damage have been reported as a result of the fire -- which was dubbed the Gun Fire because of its proximity to a hunting club.

The fire was reported around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, and had grown to between 75 and 100 acres by Saturday evening. It was burning off Interstate 8 and Sunrise Highway, and area authorities said had low fuel moisture and was hard for firefighters to access.

The blaze was at 125 acres and about 60 percent contained by late Sunday afternoon, with 250 firefighters working on containment.

U.S. Forest Service officials initially estimated the Gun Fire would be contained around 8 p.m. but then moved the expected containment to Thursday.

The cause is under investigation. Investigators have determined the place of origin, but that information will be released on Monday, according to a spokeswoman for the Cleveland National Forest.

Gusty winds could also be an issue for firefighters, officials said. Helicopters sent to fight the fire have been grounded due to the gusty winds in the area.

A National Weather Service wind advisory was in effect when the fire was reported, but expired at 2 p.m. Saturday A high wind warning for the mountains and valleys is now in effect and is scheduled to expire at 5 p.m.

Northeast to east winds of 20-30 mph, with gusts of up to 55 mph, are expected through this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. 

The fire prompted officials on Saturday to temporarily detour traffic off a stretch of Interstate 8 between Sunrise Highway and Buckman Springs Road. Diverted traffic was allowed to use the frontage road, a section of old U.S. 80, to get past the smoky freeway lanes, but the closure was later lifted, CHP officials said.

Cal Fire personnel assisted U.S. Forest Service firefighters in battling the blaze, Cal Fire officials said. The Lakeside Fire Protection District dispatched a strike team and engines from Lakeside, Alpine, Viejas and Sycuan were also sent, Lakeside fire officials said.

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