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    The 4 injured Firefighters are CAL FIRE employees. Two of them have major injuries, two are minor.

    Of the two civilian casualties, one was fatal, the other has major injuries.

    Here is an excerpt from the San Diego Union-Tribune:


    3:21 p.m., October 21, 2007

    POTRERO The Harris Fire that began early Sunday morning about 70 miles east of San Diego has burned 2,500 acres between Tecate and Harris Ranch Road and injured at least four firefighters and killed one person.

    The fire broke out about 9:30 a.m. east of Harris Ranch Road, north of state Route 94.

    By noon, the fire had destroyed one structure, said officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Cal Fire. Evacuations had been ordered of 100 homes and other structures on Potrero Park Road to the south, and north of state Route 94, west of Harris Ranch Road and east of Potrero Valley Road.

    Route 94 has been closed between Forest Gate Road and state Route 188.

    At 12:45 p.m., the fire was threatening homes near Tecate and had become well established on the south side of 94. Sheriff's officials were ordering evacuations of homes along Emery Road, and were preparing to shelter-in-place the Tecate area.

    Four firefighters were injured when their engine was engulfed by flames from the Harris Fire, Cal Fire officials reported just before 2 p.m. The location and time of the incident was not immediately available. Officials said the victims were flown to the UCSD burn center in Hillcrest.

    The incident may be related to a report about 1 p.m. by the California Highway Patrol that they had lost radio contact with one fire crew.

    The Tecate Port of Entry was closed to traffic sometime between 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m., said David Backe, branch chief at the Otay Mesa Port-of-Entry.

    The fire is being being fueled by 35 mile per hour Santa Ana winds and is still under investigation. A woman in the area reported that winds were erratic and gusting up to 60 mph.

    More than 300 firefighters were battling the blaze from the land and air, with five air tanker planes, five helicopters and 45 engines, said Roxanne Provaznik, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Cal Fire.

    In the meantime, the Harris Fire near Potrero crossed state Route 188 shortly after 1 p.m. and a shelter for evacuees was set up at Steele Canyon High School on Route 94, about two miles west of Steele Canyon Road.

    Crews from County Animal Services were responding to the Steele Canyon High School shelter, and the San Diego Humane Society was arranging to receive large animals in fields near the Jamul Fire Station.

    County officials have begun posting fire updates for the public at www.sdcountyemergency.com.

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