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Eagle Brush Fire Near Warner Springs Is at 1,000 Acres

Cal Fire says it is 5 to 10 percent contained as of late Friday morning.

Cal Fire and other crews are on the scene of a 1,000-acre brush fire near Warner Springs in the far northeastern reaches of San Diego county. The fire was reported at 10:40 p.m. Thursday and was 5 to 10 percent contained as of late Friday morning, said Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler.

The so-called Eagle Fire off Highway 79 and Camino San Ignacio is burning toward the east, away from populated areas into steep and rugged terrain, Mohler said.

Two additional air tankers have been sent to fight the fire, assisting the four already on the scene.

The fire was threatening two cabins and numerous archaeological sites on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, Mohler said.

The cause is under investigation, said David Sossaman, chief of Los Coyotes Police Department, based in Warner Springs.

The reservation covers nearly 25,000 acres of remote mountain terrain about 15 miles northwest of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It is the largest Native American reservation in San Diego county, according to the Kumeyaay Information Village website.

Among the responding agencies are Rincon and Pala Indian reservations, Los Coyotes Tribal Police and women firefighters from the Puerta La Cruz and Rainbow correctional facilities in northern San Diego county.

Julie Pendray and City News Service contributed to this report. Patch will update this story as details come in.

Julie Pendray July 23, 2011 at 12:35 AM
Eagle Fire now 2500 acres and burning on state park land with 5 percent containment
Melisa Belmontes July 27, 2011 at 12:52 PM
I can't beleave how big this fire.all fire crews and unit from San Luis obispo ca are in my though and prayers

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