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General 2013 Borrego Fest Discussion

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:28 pm
by DaveK
I know it's early, but there is a significant fire happening right now that could have an effect on this years event. This incident is being referred to as the "Chariot Fire", apparently as it started in the southern end of Chariot Canyon. Currently, it has burned about 3000 acres and is only 15% contained. At the moment, it is just west of our campground, but spreading. The fire is less than 4 miles from the Rodriguez/Chariot/Oriflamme triangle of canyons and less than 2 miles from the campsite.

Keep an eye on its progress at Cal Fire: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8 ... urce=embed.

Re: General 2013 Borrego Fest Discussion

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:13 am
by brentbba
Oh my - hadn't heard about this fire Dave. Hope for the best with the firefighters!

At least I'll be back up on my feet and ready for camping again by October. Going the Big Dave route with knee replacment July 16.

Re: General 2013 Borrego Fest Discussion

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:05 pm
by BorregoWrangler
Here's time lapse video of the Chariot Fire from the Mt Laguna UCSD HPWREN camera starting Saturday through Monday.

http://anr.ucsd.edu/HWB/20130706-Chariot/index.html

Hopefully it won't affect the campground.

Re: General 2013 Borrego Fest Discussion

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:48 pm
by DaveK
UPDATE

In the last 24 hours, the fire has grown from 3,000 acres to 4,700, but still at 15% containment.

Re: General 2013 Borrego Fest Discussion

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:14 pm
by cruiserlarry
DaveK wrote:UPDATE

In the last 24 hours, the fire has grown from 3,000 acres to 4,700, but still at 15% containment.
I hope the weather starts to cooperate so the firefighters can get a handle on it soon...

Re: General 2013 Borrego Fest Discussion

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:31 pm
by DaveK
UPDATE 7/10/13

Things are improving, but the damage is considerable. Acres burned is 7,055 and containment is at 65%. Over 120 cabins and other structures were destroyed.

The fire didn't affect our campsite or the canyons where all the mines are located, but it got really close.

Re: General 2013 Borrego Fest Discussion

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:40 am
by BorregoWrangler
Yeah, unfortunately some nice hiking trails and peaks that I've been wanting to explore have been burnt through. But I guess everything there will eventually come back again.

Re: General 2013 Borrego Fest Discussion

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:28 pm
by taugust
I drove down to Butterfield yesterday. The closest the fire got to the campground was about a half mile. No damage. No harm. We should be good for Borregofest. Not even close to the mine tour area, although there have been several fires in the Rodriguez Canyon / Granite Mtn area. Should be all good.

Re: General 2013 Borrego Fest Discussion

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:24 pm
by cruiserlarry
Whew..... :o

That was close ;)

Re: General 2013 Borrego Fest Discussion

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:22 am
by BigDave
This is getting close. My kids and I are looking forward to this weekend!