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Border 32 Fire now 100% contained, Cal Fire says

Evacuation orders were lifted and roads reopened Friday afternoon.
Border 32 Fire
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Posted at 3:01 PM, Aug 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-05 20:47:42-04

DULZURA, Calif. (KGTV) – A wildfire in Dulzura that forced 1,500 residents to evacuate is now 100% contained, Cal Fire reported Monday evening.

The Border 32 Fire was 4,456 acres, and Cal Fire said 294 firefighters worked overnight into Monday to continue mopping up hot spots and increasing the containment line.

All evacuation orders and road closures connected to this fire were lifted Friday afternoon.

The fire, which was first reported at 2:17 p.m. Wednesday, destroyed three homes, six outbuildings, three RVs, and one commercial structure, Cal Fire said.

The Fire Chief said the fire is not expanding, but extreme heat conditions will be difficult for firefighters working to put it out. As of Saturday evening, the fire was 80% contained, according to a Cal Fire tweet.

More than 400 residential units were evacuated.

Damage assessment teams are assessing structures.

Five people with no injuries had to be rescued; in addition, one civilian suffered injuries Wednesday and was treated on scene. Two inmate firefighters were treated for heat-related injuries, Cal Fire said.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Temporary Evacuation Points

The shelter at Mountain Empire High School is now closed. Anyone who is in need of further assistance can call 858-309-1338.


Due to the fire, the Mountain Empire Unified School District and Jamul-Dulzura Union School District will be closed Friday.

The Tecate Port of Entry will reopen Saturday at 6 a.m. See the full statement from CBP below:

The Tecate port of entry will be re-opening on Saturday, Sept. 3 at its usual opening time of 6 a.m. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, after working with local fire officials, had closed the port of entry at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31 due to conditions from the Border 32 Fire. CBP will continue to consult with local fire officials regarding road closures and other conditions, but anticipates the port of entry continuing to resume normal hours for general traffic both northbound and southbound from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

This is a developing story. ABC 10News will continue to keep you updated as soon as we receive more information.