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Fire in Santa Ysabel burns 173-acres

The fire has held at 173 acres since Saturday. Cal Fire crews continued to patrol for hot spots on Monday.

SANTA YSABEL, Calif. — As of 6 p.m. on July 5, CalFire reported the fire had burned 173 acres and was 90% contained. To get continued updates on the Ysabel Fire, click here.

A brush fire threatened homes and forced residents to evacuate Saturday on School House Canyon Road, authorities said. But by Sunday evening firefighters had made great progress on containment of the fire.

A motor home caught fire on state Route 79, north of state Route 78, at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday and flames spread into the vegetation on the side of the road, according to Cal Fire San Diego. By noon, the fire had grown to 10-acres.

Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department helped residents to evacuate nearby homes that were threatened by the growing blaze.

At 12:14 p.m., Caltrans San Diego said northbound and southbound SR 79 was closed from state Route 76 to Mesa Grande Road.

As of 2:07 p.m., Cal Fire tweeted that the fire was now 50-acres and 0% contained. 

Evacuations were temporarily in place for School House Canyon Rd, 

At 4:20 p.m., the fire was at 173-acres with 0% containment, but SR-79 was open to one-way traffic, Cal Fire officials said.

A firefighting helicopter developed engine failure and safely made a precautionary landing. All air tankers were released or put on hold. No structures were damaged.

Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department helped residents evacuate nearby homes threatened by the blaze.

Cal Fire reported at 7:33 a.m Sunday morning that the fire remained at 173 acres and was 41% contained. Sunday evening at 6:35 p.m. they reported that containment had reached 76%. 

As of Monday night, the fire reached 90% containment and was holding at 173 acres. Crews patrolled for hot spots. 

Cal Fire said all evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted, along with road closures lifted. Highway 79 remains open.

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