Bonny Fire burns 2,305 acres in Aguanga, 30% contained

Jesus Reyes
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UPDATE 7/31/23 7:30 p.m.

The Bonny Fire had no growth today, as firefighters continued reinforcing handline around the fire perimeter and mopping up hot spots, Cal Fire announced.

The fire is now 30% contained. It’s expected to be fully contained by Aug. 7.

Evacuation Orders were reduced to Evacuation Warnings in the area north of San Diego County Line, east of Chapman Road, south of Ramsey Road and west of Anza Borrego State Park.

Current Evacuation Orders:

North of the San Diego County Line
East of Bonny Lane
South of Ramsey Road
West of Chapman Road

Current Evacuation Warnings:

North of the San Diego County Line and Ramsey Road
East of Spanish Spur Trail
South of La Cima Road/Indian Paint Brush Road
West of Anza Borrego State Park

UPDATE 7/30/23 9:00 p.m.

Containment of the Bonny Fire has grown to 10%. It has burned 2,206 acres. Cal Fire said it expects the fire to be fully contained by August 7.

UPDATE 7/29/23 8:50 p.m.

The fire has burned 2,206 acres and is still 5% contained. All evacuation orders and warnings remain.

UPDATE 7/29/23 9:12 a.m.

The fire has grown to 2,069 acres and is still 5% contained. All evacuation orders and warnings remain in place this morning.

According to Cal Fire, one firefighter sustained minor injuries from the blaze.

Fire crews on scene are now taking weather changes into consideration as thunderstorm chances remain for the area.

UPDATE 7/28/23 5:15 p.m.

The fire is now 1,938 acres and 5% contained.

The evacuation order remains in place.

UPDATE 7/28/23 3:00 p.m.

Cal Fire tweeted that the fire is 1,200 acres and 5% contained.

All EVACUATION ORDERS remain in place

Update 7/28/23 2:25 p.m.

The fire was estimated to be at, or slightly in excess of, 1,500 acres and 10% contained, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Officials said multiple spot fires were occurring ahead of the blaze, as the flames pushed toward the northeast.   

One outbuilding and a vehicle were destroyed Friday afternoon, according to reports from the scene.

Other structures, including homes, were in the path of the flames, but they were not imminently threatened as of 2 p.m. Friday.

Update 7/28/23 1:40 p.m.

The fire has been mapped at 877 acres and is now 5% contained. All evacuation orders and warnings remain in place.

An Expanded Evacuation Order has been issued for ALL residents of the Terwilliger Valley Community. The evacuation area includes: North of the San Diego County Border, West of Anza Borrego State Park, South of Bowers, Bailey, and Ramsey, and East of Bonny.

The following Road Closures are in place South of the fire area: Old Mitchell Camp Road between Chihuahua Valley Rd and Cooper Cienega Truck Trail Chihuahua Valley Road between Old Mitchell Camp Road and Highway 79

Original Report 7/27/23

Evacuation orders have been issued for a portion of a community as a 225-acre fire burns in Aguanga.

Cal Fire announced Thursday night, that an evacuation order was placed south of Bailey, west of Chapman, north of Running Springs, and east of Bonny Lane.

The non-injury “Bonny Fire” was reported about 2:50 p.m. in the area of Bonny and Barber lanes, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.   

The agency said multiple engine and hand crews from the county, U.S. Forest Service and other agencies were sent to the remote location and encountered flames moving at a moderate rate through medium vegetation, with scattered houses and outbuildings in the path of the brushed.

Six Cal Fire air tankers and three water-dropping helicopters made a series of runs on the blaze that closed off the left flank and mitigated the threat to most of the structures.

The head of the brusher jumped a road amid light winds and moved into hills, creating challenges for ground personnel, according to reports from the scene.

Personnel were also contending with spot fires popping up outside the main conflagration, relying on air support to help knock them down.   

No evacuation warnings were imminent as of 5:30 p.m.   

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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Jesus Reyes

2023-07-27 07:00:00 , "Cienega Springs Arizona" – Vivrr Local

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