Eagle Fire

Eagle Fire (Cal Fire / July 22, 2011)

WARNER SPRINGS, Calif. - A brush fire blackened thousands of open acres in the remote northeastern reaches of San Diego County Friday, threatening several Native American archeological sites and a few unoccupied cabins while moving toward desert terrain.
The non-injury blaze erupted for unknown reasons at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday off Eagles Nest Road and Camino San Ignacio, approximately five miles east of Warner Springs, according to Cal Fire.
   Mild winds out of the west pushed the flames through Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, away from populated areas and into steep, difficult-to-access terrain, said Mike Mohler, a fire captain with the state agency.
   As of 4 p.m., the blaze, dubbed the Eagle Fire, had scorched about 2,500 acres and was 5 percent contained.
   ``It's moving away from any type of civilization, burning down into Anza-Borrego Desert,'' Mohler said.
   For a time, the blaze threatened at least two vacant back-country residences, but it was not immediately clear if it damaged them, according to Mohler.
   As of late afternoon Friday, nearly 600 firefighters were battling the flames, equipped with 15 engines, nine water trucks, seven air tankers and nine helicopters. By then, the estimated cost of suppressing the fire had reached roughly $250,000.
   Los Coyotes, the largest Native American reservation in the county, covers almost 25,000 mountainous acres about 80 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.