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Banner Fire Fully Contained, Caused by 'Equipment Use'

After burning more than 5,000 acres east of Julian, it's 100 percent contained.

Read more abou the Banner Fire

Updated May 29 @ 12:15 p.m.

Crews battling a wildfire that blackened about 5,300 open acres east of Julian got the sprawling burn area fully contained Tuesday.

Some type of equipment mishap sparked the conflagration early Thursday afternoon in the Cigarette Hills area, near Banner Grade and southwest of Scissors Crossing, according to Cal Fire. The agency declined to specify what type of apparatus started the blaze, citing ongoing investigations.

Hundreds of crew members fought the so-called Banner Fire, which caused no reported structural damage, by ground and air as it spread rapidly, pushed by strong easterly winds.

Within 90 minutes of the start of the blaze, authorities evacuated about 100 Shelter Valley-area homes potentially in the path of the flames. The displaced residents were able to return to their houses about six hours later.

On Friday, sheriff's personnel cleared about 50 people out of Stagecoach Trails RV Park & Resort when the fire flared up while moving to the southeast through Shelter Valley.

Crews finished the job of surrounding the burn zone late this morning, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said.

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries, including heat exhaustion, cuts and bruises, while attacking the flames, according to Schuler.

-City News Service

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rudy reyes May 29, 2012 at 05:22 PM
with the fires in the san diego east county, this really shows then need for me to be in that seat as county supervisor! How long are we going to allow this current supervisot to be a "nero" who just watches her people burn! vote her out!~ 20 years in same seat and 3 of the worlds worse historic fires!!! vote for your safety! Vote Rudy Reyes www.reyesforsupervisor.com
Doug Curlee May 29, 2012 at 06:12 PM
tell me, rudy.. if you were elected..you won't be, but if you were, just what do you think you could accomplish with regard to stopping the fires?..or anything else? doug
rudy reyes May 29, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Simple: re-establish Honors camps and review county spending on fire resources as they are weighed against our fire teams. Honor camps would create needed fire break roads and clear the overgrown back brush. Plus it would give some pride to the inmate for contribute to community! I was the one person who brought these issues to the State Assembly hearing after the Potero fires in 2007 and because the county supervisors were found negligent a week before the election in 2008! we fire need safety! Vote Reyes! www.reyesforsupervsor.com
Doug Curlee May 29, 2012 at 07:29 PM
and you would find the money to do this... where, exactly? doug
rudy reyes May 29, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Re-establish a Honors Camps(free)! maybe consider asking for a "citizen fire brigade" established for east County. Mostly free! again Review County Spending!
Doug Curlee May 29, 2012 at 08:33 PM
you have a lot to learn, pal.. a "citizen fire brigade"?..the liability insurance alone would sink that before it ever got started.. "free" honors camp?..who's gonna guard it?..who's gonna feed the inmates?..who's gonna purchase and maintain the equipment? i give you credit for dreaming..but i'm afraid your dreams are painfully close to hallucinations.. doug

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