Firefighters with CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire are currently combating a vegetation fire that has scorched an area south of Otay Mountain, near the community of Tecate. The blaze, now dubbed the #Border38Fire, was reported to occupy an area between 3 to 5 acres. Despite its slow spread, the challenging terrain has limited the ability for ground crews to access the site, prompting the deployment of air resources.
According to a tweet from CAL FIRE/San Diego, efforts to quell the fire from above are underway. Complicating matters is the landscape, which necessitates that fire personnel be ferried to the flames by helicopter.
An update provided by CAL FIRE/San Diego via Twitter revealed that air resources have been effective in slowing the progression of the fire. In a follow-up post, the department stated, "Fire crews are being shuttled to the fire by helicopter due to inaccessible terrain. The air resources are making good progress slowing the fire spread."
#Border38Fire [Update] Fire crews are being shuttled to the fire by helicopter due to inaccessible terrain. The air resources are making good progress slowing the fire spread.— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) December 5, 2023
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Local communities remain vigilant as the firefighting efforts continue, with authorities closely monitoring the situation to protect nearby residents and property. The cause of the fire is yet to be established, and no casualties or property damage have been reported at this time. Remaining updates will be provided by CAL FIRE/San Diego as the situation evolves.