Crews battling brush fire off Highway 79


City News Service

Cal Fire crews on Friday battled a 1,000-acre brush fire that was threatening two cabins and numerous archeological sites on the Coyote Indian Reservation in the far northeastern reaches of San Diego County.

The so-called Eagle Fire off Highway 79 and Camino San Ignacio, near Warner Springs, was reported at 10:40 p.m. Thursday, said Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler.

The fire was 5 to 10 percent contained as of late Friday morning. The cause was under investigation, he said.

The blaze was burning to the east, away from populated areas into steep and rugged terrain, according to a status update sent to news outlets shortly after 10 a.m.

The Coyote Indian Reservation covers nearly 25,000 acres of remote mountain terrain about 80 miles northeast of downtown San Diego and some 15 miles northwest of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It is the largest Native American reservation in San Diego County, according to the Kumeyaay Information