EAST COUNTY (KUSI) – Firefighters from the Cleveland National Forest and Cal Fire continue to battle a brushfire that started Saturday that has burned about 1,500 acres in two hours in the Japatul Valley area near Alpine.
The fire began at about 3 p.m. off Spirit Trail and Japatul Road and was described early by Cal Fire officials as burning at a dangerous rate of spread and a medium threat to structures.
About 4 p.m., Cal Fire said the community of Carveacre Road was threatened and under evacuation orders. Multiple air and ground resources are on scene and en route.
Area residents are evacuating to Joan McQueen Middle School, 2001 Tavern Rd in Alpine.
About 5 p.m., an evacuation order was issued for all of Lawson Valley. The fire front was one-mile long, according to Southern California Air Operations.
Plumes of smoke could be seen for miles in East County.
Just before 10 p.m., the Orange County Fire Authority announced it had dispatched a “strike team” of five fire engines and two battalion chiefs to assist their southern brethren, joining crews from the Cleveland National Forest and Cal Fire.
Several roads are also closed according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.