Chariot Fire leaves path of destruction

Chariot Fire leaves path of destruction

[trib_ndn vid=24935526]MOUNT LAGUNA, Calif. — A wildfire that has scorched at least 4,700 acres and damaged or destroyed dozens of buildings burned out of control in the Mount Laguna area for the fourth consecutive day Tuesday.

The so-called Chariot Fire broke out just before 1 p.m. Saturday east of Sunrise Highway and about nine miles southeast of Julian, according to Cal Fire, which reported that the blaze was 15 percent contained as of 6:45 a.m. Tuesday.

“The fire has reached Sunrise Highway in the Cottonwood Canyon area,” Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler said in a statement. “It burned through the Al Bahr Shrine Camp … The fire is now well established on the west side of Sunrise Highway.”

Flames have continued to move to the west since Saturday, driven by erratic winds, according to Mohler.

Cal Fire also reported that as of this morning, 1,677 firefighters were fighting the flames…

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