The crew has been demobed from the Ranch fire and has been reassigned to the Poomacha Fire back home on the Cleveland National Forest in San Diego. The fire is currently burning over the top of Palomar Mountain in the Agua Tibia Wilderness towards Prechanga.
Here is the latest on the fire:
This fire started October 23 as a structure fire on the Lajolla Indian Reservation. It has burned 38,500 acres and is 30 percent contained. 60 homes and 19 outbuildings have been destroyed. 2,000 homes remain threatened. Evacuations are in progress in Valley Center. The communities of Valley Center, Rincon, Pauma Valley, Hidden Meadows, Deer Springs, Vista and Palomar are threatened. This fire has resulted in 12 firefighter injuries. 1,406 firefighters are currently assigned to this fire under unified command with CAL FIRE and the Cleveland National Forest. The estimated cost of this fire to date is $1.6 million.