Eagle Fire Caused by Arson, Cal Fire Reports

The fire has burned 14,100 acres and is 75 percent contained as of Thursday morning.

Cal Fire has officially ruled the arson. They are not releasing any further details while the case is under investigation.

The fire began a week ago on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation near Warner Springs and spread to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

More than 2,100 firefighters from throughout California have been fighting the blaze.

The cost of the suppression effort has risen to $12.9 million.

The blaze began on land leased by the tribe to a private company called , which has provided the space to military and other government entities to conduct training. . The training center was founded by Brian Bonfiglio, a former vice president in San Diego for Blackwater Worldwide, a company that became controversial for its military security efforts in Iraq and other countries.

Warner Springs residents have complained about the possible fire risk of the activities.

Tribal police reported to Patch earlier this week that there had been a fire on the property months ago during training.

Click here to see a video tour of the property that was conducted by Channel 8 TV in May.

Cal Fire provided this map of the fire on Wednesday afternoon.

If you have any information concerning the arson, you may contact the Cal Fire Arson Hotline at 800-468-4408.

Anthony Carrasco July 29, 2011 at 03:23 AM
I'm a patch blogger/intern at Carlsbad Patch. I took the photo of the burnt down shack at the eagle fire. I get updates from Cal Fire.
Julie Pendray July 29, 2011 at 03:17 PM
If you have any information concerning the arson, you may contact the Cal Fire Arson Hotline at 800-468-4408.
alexa July 29, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Thanks for publishing the arson hotline phone #. Hope the creep who deliberately started this fire will soon be caught. We are all so lucky--thanks to all the incredible work by CALFire and all the firefighting agencies involved--that there were no casualties to either people or structures. I live in Borrego, and I can attest to how professional and alert and exemplary all the firefighting personnel were from beginning to end. I'd like to express my thanks. Job well done!
alexa July 30, 2011 at 12:47 AM
Good work, Anthony. Thanks for the info. Sounds like you're going to make a great reporter.
alexa July 30, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Anthony--I just checked out your photography website. Awesome fire photos...in fact awesome photos in general. Cannot believe you are only a junior in high school. I'd say you've got a great future ahead of you. Keep up the good work!


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