Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cowboy Fire Burns 200 Acres Near Campo


BY KPBS NEWS

Originally published September 2, 2010 at 2:15 p.m., updated September 2, 2010 at 4:33 p.m.

[Update: 4:33 p.m.] - From City News Service: A brush fire spread to 200 acres today on the Pacific Crest Trail in the back country, threatening the outskirts of a ranch in Campo, according to CAL FIRE.

The blaze created highly visible black smoke as it spread to the edge of Star Ranch, a working horse and cattle ranch and historical attraction, said Roxanne Provaznik of CAL FIRE.

A team of engines was staged at the ranch to protect its structures, she said.

Ten fire engines, five fire crews, three helicopters, one helitanker, six airtankers and a bulldozer responded to battle the blaze, she said.

Provaznik said the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

[Update: 4:01 p.m.] - CAL FIRE says the "Cowboy Fire" has now burned 200 acres, and is spreading at a fast pace with no containment. There are no injuries reported and no homes are currently in danger.

A call center has been set up for concerned residents. The number is (619) 590-3160.

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