Wildfire burning on SD County Indian reservation

AP News
Posted: Jul 24, 2011 12:30 AM
Wildfire burning on SD County Indian reservation

More than 1,000 firefighters are now taking on a wildland blaze on a San Diego County Indian reservation that has burned through 9,000 acres of thick brush but is not threatening homes or other structures.

State fire Capt. Mike Smith says the fire is about 30 percent on the Los Coyotes reservation contained Saturday. It is burning away from populated areas into steep, rugged terrain.

Smith says flames briefly came near cabins and archaeological sites on Friday but structures are no longer threatened.

More than 50 fire crews and 23 aircraft are on the scene.

There's no word on what caused the fire, which was reported Thursday morning.

Los Coyotes, the largest reservation in the county, inhabits almost 25,000 acres about 80 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.