Wildfire burns homes in San Diego County, governor declares State of Emergency
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KTVU) - A fast-moving wildfire is burning a handful of homes in San Diego County. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a State of Emergency as a result.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says that the fire in Alpine is about 400 acres and only 5 percent contained Friday evening.
Crews had virtually stopped its growth and were focusing on knocking down hotspots that continue to threaten houses and mobile homes.
As many as five homes have burned.
At least one firefighter was treated for minor facial burns.
Gusty winds fanned the flames as Southern California struggles through a scorching heatwave.
Video from news helicopters showed fire crews running along Interstate 8 and trying to quell the flames that were spreading along the side of the freeway.
South of the freeway, a handful of homes were completely engulfed in flames.
San Diego Gas and Electric says nearly 1,700 customers are without power after the fire damaged the electric system.
A fire at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base in the north county has prompted the evacuation of 750 homes.