Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Valley, Cleveland NF
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: CNF
  • Size (acres): 17,093
  • Percent Contained: 95%
  • Estimate of Containment: October 5, 2020
  • Personnel: 114
  • Structures Destroyed: 64

Valley, Cleveland NF, USFS. Nineteen miles northeast of Chula Vista, CA. Chaparral and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior creeping and smoldering. Area closures in effect.

September 20, 2020 at 11:38 AM

Fire activity remained minimal throughout the day as firefighters continue to mop up hot spots and secure the fire perimeter. Keeping the fire within its current perimeter diminishes the threat to adjacent communities every day. A cooling trend, with somewhat higher minimum relative humidity will move in throughout the weekend.

Updated mapping shows that the Valley Fire is about 572 acres smaller than previously thought. The size is now 17,093 acres and at 95% containment.

September 11, 2020 at 9:23 PM

Dry fuels and higher temperatures resulted in minimal fire growth today. Ground crews are continuing to construct and strengthen hand and dozer lines and are focused on mopping up hot spots and providing defense to structures that remain threatened. Firefighters worked to mitigate fire growth with the support of aerial assets. For each day the fire stays within its current perimeter; the threat to the adjacent communities will continue to diminish. Lighter winds and higher humidity will likely limit fire behavior overnight.

All Evacutation Orders, Evacuation Warnings and Road Closures have been lifted as of 12:00 noon, Friday, September 11th, 2020

The Temporary Evacuation Point at Steele Canyon High School at 12440 Campo Road in Spring Valley is now closed.

For residents in need of disaster assistance, please visit www.sdcountyrecovery.comor call 858-715-2200.

September 7, 2020 at 10:06 PM

The Valley Fire continues to show rapid rates of spread being pushed by a westerly wind and burning to the east towards communication towers at Mt. Pinos Mountain and the communities of Corte Madera. Fire crews continue point protection for threatened property while constructing direct and indirect fire lines to secure the fire to the east. Crews to the west are diligently constructing hand and dozer lines to secure the west facing fire lines.

Extremely hot and dry weather continue to make conditions difficult for firefighters and the public. Additional evacuations were put in place today to the east of the fire. Anticipated Red Flag Warning Event starting in the afternoon for a strong offshore wind poses the potential for extreme fire behavior and rapid rates of spread.

EVACUATION ORDERS: As of 09/07/20: Barrett Lake Dam • Corte Madera area • South Pine Valley. As of 09/06/20: Areas west of the intersection of Japatul and Lyons Valley Rd. • State Route 94/Moreno Valley Rd and Lyons Valley Rd. • Areas out to Morena Reservoir. As of 09/05/20: Carveacre.

ROAD CLOSURES: As of 09/06/20: Japatul Rd. & Lyons Valley Rd./Japatul Rd. • Japatul Rd @ Tavern Rd/Dehesa Rd • Lyons Valley Rd & Honey Springs Rd • Wisecarver Lane @ Wisecarver Truck Trail • Skyline Truck Trail & Lawson Valley • Japatul Rd at Via Asoleado (also at Sequan Truck Trail) • Corrall Canyon at Buckman Springs (but Buckman Springs is open).

Please call the San Diego Sheriff’s Department for evacuation information at (858) 565-5200.

Temporary evacuation points have been set up at the following locations: • Steele Canyon High School, 12440 Campo Road, Spring Valley • Joan MacQueen Middle School, 2001 Tavern Road, Alpine

September 7, 2020 at 10:59 AM

The Valley Fire remained active in the night with uphill runs and wind driven runs. Firefighters held the spread to 408 acres, bringing the total acres to 10,258. Crews are continuing to do point protection and perimeter control. Firefighters will be building line. The military has been activated, adding an additional 6 helicopters to the fire suppression efforts.

The forecasted cooler and lighter winds today should provide a slight reduction of fire spread. However, there are a lot of dead fuels that will continue to be receptive to fire spread. Santa Ana wind is expected to develop Tuesday and continue through Wednesday with gusts over 40 mph Tuesday night and Wednesday. Fire growth is in the Lawson Valley and Carveacres areas.

There is an immediate threat to Loveland Reservoir and the surrounding water shed.

An Evacuation Order is in place for Barrett Lake Dam. Evacuation Warnings have been issued for: Lake Marina, Dulzura, Dog Patch, Potrero, Campo, Honey Springs, Barrett Junction, Dearhorn Valley, Corte Madera, Pine Valley, the area from Lyons/Japatul Road to Hwy 8.

Please call the San Diego Sheriff’s Department for evacuation information at (858) 565-3490.

Temporary evacuation points have been set up at Steele Canyon High School, 12440 Campo Road, Spring Valley; and Joan MacQueen Middle school, 2001 Tavern Road, Alpine for evacuees.

September 6, 2020 at 12:25 PM

California Incident Command Team 15 transitioned command at 0700 this morning. We have 335 firefighters on the ground fight the fire. Structures are being threaten in the Carveacre and Lawson Valley, Wood Valley, Lyons Valley, Deer Horn Valley and Sycuan Indian Reservation. Immediate threat to the Sunrise Power 500 KV power lines supplying a large portion of San Diego County.

Firefighters are working against extreme fire behavior with wind driven runs and long range spotting.