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Aguanga fire on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Aguanga fire on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Aguanga fire on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Aguanga fire on Saturday, Jan. 19.

180 firefighters contain Thomas Vegetation Fire to 28 acres


Saturday, January 19th, 2013
Issue 03, Volume 17.
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AGUANGA - About 180 firefighters mopped up hotspots and improved containment lines today at a wind-fueled fire that charred 28 acres of brush and damaged power lines in Aguanga.

Flames tore through a recreational vehicle Saturday on Thomas Road and spread on westerly winds to nearby brush, which continued burning throughout the day, Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said.

A cause behind the RV fire was not immediately disclosed.

No one was hurt during the fire that burned three miles east of Humphreys Lane and was reported at 2:33 p.m.

Hagemann said power lines in the area were knocked down but representatives of Anza Electric Cooperative, Inc., were unavailable today to explain how many people and businesses were affected or if the power had been restored.

Today's fire crew included members of the San Diego County Fire Department, a water tender, and a Riverside County Fire battalion chief. By today, 180 firefighters were involved in the effort, Hagemann said.

A helicopter with the San Diego County Fire Authority did water drops Saturday.


AGUANGA: As of 5:35 the Thomas fire was contained to 28 acres. Ground resources will be committed through the night with a day assignment planned for Sunday. No injuries and no structural damage reported.

Assisting agencies include: Anza Co Op Electric, CAL FIRE/Riverside, CAL FIRE/San Diego, California Highway Patrol – Border, Murrieta Fire Protection District, Riverside County Fire Department, San Diego CAL FIRE, San Diego County Fire Authority


EARLIER STORY

Aguanga Fire Still Burning

UPDATE: 4:25 p.m.: Fire is now approximately 15 acres. Incident Commander augmenting resources on scene with additional fire crews and water tenders. San Diego County Fire Authority is also assisting with one water-dropping copter. Powerlines are down.


UPDATE: 3:30 pm: Fire is now approximately 8 acres. San Diego County Fire Authority is also assisting with one copter. CALFIRE/Riverside County Firefighters are on scene of a fire involving an RV and vegetation. The first arriving engine company reported an RV fully involved with approximately 5 acres of vegetation burning in medium to heavy fuels and wind-driven. No one was hurt during the fire reported at 2:33 p.m. West winds fanned the flames on Thomas Road three miles east of Humphreys Lane, Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said.

A cause behind the RV fire was not immediately disclosed.Murrieta Fire Protection District and CAL FIRE San Diego also assisting. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.


 

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