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Willow Fire in east San Diego County prompts overnight evacuations, damages homes

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Posted at 11:04 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 22:15:57-05


UPDATE: 7:13 p.m. - THURSDAY

CAL FIRE San Diego officials say they have fully contained the Willow Fire in Rancho San Diego. One engine will remain on the scene to patrol the area.

The fire destroyed one structure, damaged six other structures, and charred 30 acres.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


UPDATE: 6:45 a.m. - THURSDAY

Fire officials said the Willow Fire in Rancho San Diego is 50 percent contained but has destroyed one structure.

According to a San Miguel Fire District official, six structures were damaged by the blaze and the fire has burned around 30 acres.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and the official added fire crews would be working with the county's Bomb/Arson Unit later in the morning.


UPDATE: 6:20 A.M. - THURSDAY

The San Diego County Office of Education says these schools in the Cajon Valley Union School District are closed Thursday due to the fire/public safety power shutoffs:

Hillsdale Middle
Jamacha Elementary
Rancho San Diego Elementary
Vista Grande Elementary


UPDATE: 5:50 A.M. - THURSDAY

According to Cal Fire San Diego, the Willow Fire has burned at least 25 acres but its spread has been stopped. The blaze is 5 percent contained.

All evacuation orders and road closures were lifted just before 4 a.m.


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UPDATE: 1:04 A.M. - THURSDAY

The Temporary Evacuation Point has been moved to the McGrath Family YMCA at 12006 Campo Road. This is next to the Regal Edwards Rancho San Diego Cinemas.


UPDATE: 12:47 A.M. - THURSDAY

CALFIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE: #WillowFire in Rancho San Diego Fire is still actively burning, but is generally holding at 15 acres. Here is a rough map of the fire area. Please evacuate if you feel threatened. Visit http://SDCountyEmergency.comfor latest evac info.

Residents who are asked to evacuate or choose to evacuate can go the Edwards Cinema located at 2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon CA 92019.


UPDATE: 12:09 A.M. - THURSDAY

CURRENT LIST OF ROAD CLOSURES:
Brabham St/Wind River Rd
Brabham St/Jamacha
Wind River Rd/Sonnett St
Sea Pines Rd/Congressional Dr
Sawgrass St/Medinah Dr


UPDATE 11:42 P.M.

San Diego County Sheriff's Department says deputies are making door to door notifications in the 2800 block of Wind River Road and Sawgrass Street. For your safety, follow the evacuation notification.


SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Firefighters are working a brush fire that has forced several residents out of their homes late Wednesday night in El Cajon.

The fire was first reported around 10:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of Willow Glen Drive, according to fire officials.

Heartland, San Miguel and Cal Fire are attacking the 15-acre fire, officials said.

A Red Flag Warning had been issued hours earlier due strong Santa Ana winds. The combination of near-record low fuel moisture, strong winds, and low humidity dropping between 8 and 12% were anticipated to create critical fire conditions.

Multiple homes have been evacuated, fire officials confirmed to ABC 10News.

It is unknown at this time if there are injuries.

Evacuations have been in place from Wind River Road to Lime Rock Court.

Roads have been shut down by California Highway Patrol at Willow Glen and Jam Road.

Stay with ABC 10News for updates on this developing story.

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