|The fire scene from one of the first due engine companies.|
Crews were deployed to protect the threatened structures while crews on the brush engines took action on the fire. Soon after these operations began, the Incident Commander (Tockstein) was advised of eight people trapped by the fire in an area between El Cajon Mountain and El Capitan Reservoir. A request was made to have the SDSO Copter fly into the area and evacuate the residents. Copter 10 removed 8 occupants and some domestic animals from the area.
The communications center then received a cell phone call from climbers on the cliff face stating that the fire had surrounded them and their egress had been cut off. The SDSO copter flew into the area and soon located two climbers in extreme terrain. Both hikers were hoisted into the helicopter and removed from the area. In total, the SDSO copters removed 10 people from the fire area.
|Lakeside firefighters evaluate the approaching "head" of the fire.|
|The fire hits the base of the El Capitan Dam. Lakeside crews hurry into defensive positions to protect the structures.|
|Lakeside and San Miguel firefighters work to extinguish a fire burning in PVC and ABS pipes.|
|Fire map as of Sunday, August 22nd, 2010|
Submitted: Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District.