Bernardo Fire consumes 1,500 acres, 25 percent contained

Bernardo Fire consumes 1,500 acres, 25 percent contained
Evacuations prompted by the Bernardo Fire, which began on Tuesday, caused gridlock on area streets in North County. The fire is now 25 percent contained. Photo by Tony Cagala

REGION — Cooler temperatures and low winds gave firefighters an edge in battling the Bernardo fire over the evening. According to Julie Taber, public information officer of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, temperatures today are expected to be in the 90s, and possibly into the triple digits.

“It’s breezy out there and we are expecting the winds to pick up more around noon, up to 50 mph,” said Taber. “At this point, no evacuations are in place and everybody is back in their homes. But we are recommending that everyone stay alert and be ready to go just in case.”

Currently, the Bernardo Fire has swept through 1,500 acres and is 25 percent contained.

Last night, Mayor Kevin Faulconer declared a local state of emergency, following a brush fire in the county, which started yesterday morning at 4S Ranch.

The acreage burned, Taber said, began at 4S Ranch in San Diego, moved toward the north area of Santaluz near the golf club and then north of Fairbanks Ranch. Taber describes the fire as splitting into two, heading up a little north towards Rancho Santa Fe near Zumaque and LasColinas and then west towards Artesian Road and Via De Santa Fe.

Firefighters have made progress but there are still hot spots.

“The areas of most concern right now are the areas of Artesian Road, Zumaque, up toward Las Colinas and then heading up to Via De Santa Fe,” she said.

According to officials at the Rancho Santa Fe School District, schools are opened and are in session.

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