#ChurchFire | San Diego County | 1

SAN  DIEGO COUNTY, CA | A wildland fire broke out on Saturday around 1330 hours PDT at 36624 Hwy 94 in San Diego County.  Firefighters responded and the Incident Command (IC) reported the fire to be at about 30-50 acres with a moderate rate of spread and medium fire fuels.

Here is the timeline for this fire as they unfolded:

  • 1358 hours:  (IC) Report of an immediate structure threat and an evacuation order goes into effect for Church Road which is located south of Hwy 94.
  • 14:20 hours: SR-94 is closed in both directions by CAL Trans – San Diego units from Live Oak Rd to BIA 15 Rd
  • 1510 hours:  (IC) Report fire is at about 40 acres.  Another evacuation order is in effect for those on BIA 10 and BIA 15.
  • 1511 hours:  PIO arrived on-scene.
  • 1546 hours:  Fire has reached 50 acres and has a 20% containment status.
  • 1607 hours:  Fire Managers release statement due to better mapping, the fire has actually burned 115 acres and is still remained at the same 20% containment status.
  • 1715 hours:  All evacuation orders and road closure notifications have been lifted/reopened. Containment status has now reached 40%.

Though this fire did not make it on the Top 20 Most Destructive California Wildfires list released by CAL FIRE, it is still making a name for itself.  Here are Top 20 fires in all of California’s fire history:

October 2017

  • Tubbs Fire. Sonoma County. 36,432 acres. 5,300 structures destroyed. 22 deaths. Cause unknown.
  • Nuns Fire. Sonoma County. 54,382 acres. 1,200 structures destroyed. 2 deaths. Cause under investigation.
  • Atlas Fire.  Napa & Solano Counties. 5,1,624 acres. 741 structures destroyed. 6 deaths. Cause under investigation.
  • Redwood Valley Fire.  Mendocino County. 36,523 acres. 540 structures destroyed.  8 deaths. Cause unknown.

June 2016

  • Erskine Fire. Kern County.  46,684 acres and 386 structures destroyed.  2 deaths.  Cause is under investigation.

September 2015

  • Valley Fire.  Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties. 76,067 acres. 1,955 structures destroyed. 4 deaths. Electrical.
  • Butte Fire.  Amador & Calaveras Counties. 70,868 acres, 921 structures destroyed. 2 deaths. Powerline.

November 2008

  • Sayre Fire. Los Angeles County.  11,262 acres.  684 structures lost. Unknown cause.

October 2007

  • Witch Fire.  San Diego County.  197,990 acres. 1,650 structures lost. 2 deaths. Powerline.
  • Harris Fire.  San Diego County.  90,440 acres. 548 structures destroyed. 8 deaths. Under investigation.

October 2003

  • Cedar Fire. San Diego County. 273,246 acres. 2,820 structures destroyed. 15 deaths. Human caused.
  • Old Fire.  San Bernardino County. 91,281 acres. 1,003 structures lost.  6 deaths. Human caused.

October 1999

  • Jones Fire.  Shasta County.  26,200 acres. 954 structures destroyed.  1 death.  Cause is undetermined.

October 1993

  • Laguna Fire.  Orange County. 14,437 acres. 441 structures destroyed. 0 deaths reported. Arson.

August 1992

  • Fountain Fire. Shasta County.  63,960 acres. 636 structures lost. No deaths reported. Arson.

October 1991

  • Tunnel Fire. Alameda County. 1,600 acres. 2,900 structures destroyed. 25 deaths. Rekindle fire in Oakland Hills.

June 1990

  • Paint Fire.  Santa Barbara County.  4,900 acres. 641 structures lost.  1 death. Arson.

September 1970

  • Laguna Fire.  San Diego County.  175,425 acres. 382 structures lost. 0 deaths reported. Powerlines.

November 1961

  • Bel Air Fire. Los Angeles County.  6,090 acres. 484 structures destroyed. 0 deaths reported. Cause was undetermined.

September 1923

  • City of Berkeley Fire.  Alameda County.  130 acres. 584 structures destroyed. 0 deaths.  Powerlines.

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report

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