Lost Fire in eastern San Diego County burns 210 acres, 20 percent contained

Fire near Warner Springs in steep, rocky terrain
Posted at 9:46 AM, Jul 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-23 16:13:44-04

WARNER SPRINGS, Calif. (KGTV)--A brush fire that began Saturday afternoon in northeastern San Diego County scorched 210 acres and was 20 percent contained by Sunday morning.

Cal Fire San Diego sent a full wildland response team to handle the blaze -- dubbed the "Lost Fire" -- including at least four air tankers and several helicopters, Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said.

U.S. Forest Service firefighters from Cleveland National Forest also responded.   

Lost Valley Road was closed at Chihuahua Valley Road due to fire activity on Sunday, according to a tweet from the San Diego County Department of Public Works.

More than 400 firefighters were battling the blaze. 

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The fire was first reported at just a few acres at 3:08 p.m. Saturday near state Route 79 and Lost Valley Road, about four miles northeast of Warner Springs, Bortisser said.   

By about 4 p.m., it had grown to about 40 acres, and to about 50 to 60 acres by 4:30 p.m. Just before 5 p.m., Cal Fire said it had burned up more than 100 acres and was burning with a moderate to rapid rate of spread.   

Sandy Coronilla is a KGTV digital producer. Follow her @SandyCoro