Fires Burn Again In San Diego North County: Elfin Forest (VIDEO)
In an area that is still recovering from the out of control Cocos fire last month in San Diego county, a new fire started this weekend. Elfin Forest, one of the more difficult areas to protect from fire due to its rustic nature, had a fire break out this Sunday.
About 75 firefighters fought the flames on the ground and by air. Just before 5 p.m., Cal Fire said the fire’s forward rate of spread has been stopped.
This is the second fire to burn in the area. Last month, the Cocos Fire scorched nearly 2,000 acres and destroyed 36 homes. Part of the Elfin Forest was charred as well.
Firefighters say the weather helped them quickly get the upper hand on Sunday, but they did encounter a few challenges before putting the flames out.
“It was burning in a couple of directions … one on one side of the road and moving uphill towards structures, another on the other side of the road … near major power lines, so we had concerns for aircraft safety,” said Chief Frank Twohy, who is with the Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Department. [10 News]
The Cocos fire was the most out of control of the San Diego fires that happened this past May. At one point there were seven fires burning consecutively in the San Diego area. Luckily, this time, the fire fighters were able to control the fire the in Elfin Forest area quickly. There is still plenty of material in that area that could easily go up in flames, and due to lay out and vegetation that area is very difficult to protect.