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County strike team called to Cajon Pass

June 27, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

CAJON PASS — The Imperial County fire strike team was sent to a fire here Wednesday that already burned 6,700 acres and three homes and is threatening several more.

The strike team, made up of five fire engines and 21 firefighters from departments in Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, Yuma, El Centro and Centinela State Prison, was dispatched shortly after 10 p.m. to the fire dubbed the "Louisiana Fire," said El Centro Fire Chief Charles Beard.

The team left the Valley around midnight and arrived at the fire around 4 this morning.

The fire reportedly started around 4 p.m. Wednesday when a car burst into flames in the northbound lanes of Interstate 15 near Highway 138. The fire spread to nearby fields and quickly headed north to the city of Wrightwood.


Beard said the strike team was sent to give protection to homes in Wrightwood.

Several homes in Swarthout Canyon and Lone Pine Canyon were evacuated but no one had been evacuated from Wrightwood as of this morning. Three houses in Cajon Pass were reported to have been burned down by the fire as of this morning.

He added there is no estimated containment time for the fire and he doesn't know when the team is expected to be released.

About a week ago, the strike team had been sent to a blaze in the southern section of Cajon Pass called the "Bluecut Fire."

On their way home, the local firefighters were called to another fire in Mount Laguna in the eastern San Diego County.

They returned from that fire Friday night.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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