Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2013, firefighters from multiple agencies were dispatched to reports of a vegetation fire along eastbound Interstate 8 just east of Greenfield Drive. Initial reports stated the fire was about 1 acre in size with a slow rate of spread. Minutes later the fire grew rapidly as the wind picked up and pushed it up the hill toward homes on Lotus Ln. Firefighters quickly responded to the area to defend homes. Along with the air support from the firefighting helicopters and the quick deployment of fire crews into the area, no homes were lost and no one was hurt. Firefighters worked well into the night to contain the fire and several fire crews remained on scene overnight to monitor the area. The fire was estimated to be about 30 acres and the cause is still under investigation.
At the same time the Valley fire was being dispatched, another fire was reported along the right shoulder of eastbound Interstate 8 just before Dunbar Ln. Multiple agencies were dispatched to this location at the same time as the Valley fire. Both incidents shared the air resources and had quick action from ground crews to stop the forward progress and contain the fires without injuries or homes being lost. The size of the Dunbar incident is unknown and is also under investigation.
Units from the Lakeside Fire Protection District on these incidents were Engine 2, Engine 3, Engine 26, Brush 1, Water Tender 7251, and Chiefs 4101, 4103, and 4105.
Other agencies were Cal Fire, El Cajon, Santee, U.S. Forest Service, Alpine, and Barona Fire.
Story and Photos By: Engineer Matt Buzzell